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State’s first lady launches Heroes Award MADISON - First lady Tonette Walker presented the first in a monthly series of awards this week designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin citizens to make the state a better place. “Throughout the state, countless individuals are eager to go the extra mile, take a stand for causes in which they believe, and use their time, effort and ideas to make Wisconsin a better place,” said Walker. “They don’t volunteer for the praise, but I want to recognize them as a way to say thank you for their selfless and generous acts.” Recognition will be given each month to one outstanding Wisconsin resident. The first lady will visit the winner and present a Wisconsin Heroes Award to thank the recipient for his or her willingness, compassion and commitment to the betterment of the state. Anyone may nominate a Wisconsin citizen for a Wisconsin Heroes Award. To learn more about the initiative, the first award recipient or to nominate a candidate, please visit - submitted

Smith announces candidacy for 75th SHELL LAKE — Stephen J. Smith, Rice Lake businessman and Shell Lake resident, announced he is seeking election to be the representative for the 75th Assembly District. Smith said he has been frustrated and disappointed by the events in Madison since January 2011. “We have always been a state where people disagreed, discussed and then came together with solutions through compromise. That kind of atmosphere no longer exists in Madison. I would like to help Wisconsin government return to a place where the average citizen counts more than the special interests and the ultra wealthy. We must challenge the power of organized money. Wisconsin’s best resource is its people, and we are not for sale.” Smith earned an associate degree from UW-Barron County and an accounting degree from UW-Superior. He worked for IDS, now known as Ameriprise Financial, in Minneapolis for five years before returning

Stephen J. Smith home to Rice Lake to manage the family-owned school bus business. Smith owned the bus company from 1982-2006. In 2009, when Reinhart Retail Group planned to close Rainbow Home Center, Smith and partners, purchased the store, saving more than 50 local jobs. Smith was a member of the board of directors of the Wis-

consin School Bus Association for 24 years (1982-2006), serving as president from 1990 to 1992. He was a member of the Barron County Board of Supervisors from 1986 to 1988. He was a founding member of the board for the Boys and Girls Club of Barron County (2001-2007). Smith has had a long history of contributing to his community in many ways through civic endeavors both local and statewide. Former 75th District Rep. Mary Hubler has endorsed Smith. Hubler said, “Steve has the integrity, business experience and fundamental values needed to represent us in Madison.” Smith ended by saying, “I have given this decision much thought. It is a privilege to be a candidate, and it will be an honor to represent you in Madison.” Smith has a Web site at — submitted

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Heller in color The lack of rain this past fall combined with the lack of snowfall this winter has resulted in very dry vegetation this winter and were contributing factors in two wildfires the Grantsburg Fire Department responded to earlier this month. RIGHT: On Monday, Jan. 16, firefighters were called to 10816 Crosstown Road in the Town of Wood River for an outdoor woodstove and cordwood pile on fire. The cause of the fire is improper ash disposal. ABOVE: On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 2:29 p.m. the department was called to 12394 North Fork Drive for a wildland fire. The fire burned 2.2 acres and was caused by improper ash disposal. The Siren Fire Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Burnett County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol provided assistance. - Photos submitted




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BRIEFLY STATEWIDE – Our winter weather has been unusually mild including a lack of measurable snow until this week - but do you recall the winter of 1981? A twoweek January thaw culminated in a Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, which saw local residents out washing their cars, taking walks and simply lounging in the sun - with temperatures in the upper 60s. Now, do you remember - without Googling who played in the 1981 Super Bowl? - submitted ••• WASHINGTON, D.C. - Who is more popular than our members of Congress right now? Paris Hilton, the IRS ... and O.J. Simpson. That’s according to recent polls that show just 13 percent of Americans are satisfied with the job Congress is doing, in light of an inability of the two parties to work together to solve some of the country’s most pressing problems. About 87 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its duties - an all-time record. - with information from CBS, CNN ••• NATIONWIDE - The U.S. Postal Service implemented a rate increase this week for all mail classes, including first-class mail, Priority Mail and Express Mail, along with many special services. First-class letters, 1 oz., will now cost 45 cents to mail, up from 44 cents. The rate increase is expected to make only a small dent in the financial losses the Postal Service has experienced - losing $8 billion in fiscal 2010, with more disparaging numbers expected with the release of numbers for fiscal 2011. - with information from Associated Press ••• MADISON - Former Burnett County Circuit Court Judge and now state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has been under seige lately, charged with ethics violations for the second time, three years into his 10-year term. The most recent charge focuses on his not paying the law firm that represented him in his 2008 ethics case. The judge said he worked out an arrangement to pay the firm only if he won the case, but the Supreme Court was deadlocked in its vote. Last Friday, Jan. 20, Gableman rejected motions seeking to force him off three cases before the court involving clients of that law firm, Michael, Best & Friedrich, writing the motions were “neither justified nor warranted.” Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison, drew up a resolution asking the state Assembly to recall Gableman and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal recently editorialized Gableman’s conduct “unacceptable.” with information from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Public meeting on sex-offender release to Sand Lake to be held Thursday SIREN – A level-three sex offender is scheduled to be released from Wisconsin State Corrections to the Town of Sand Lake in Burnett County. An informational meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Sand Lake Town Hall located at 5364 CTH X to give the public information about the offender, past offense, and supervision of the offender while in the Sand Lake community. For more informaiton about this meeting, contact the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department at 715-349-2121. - submitted by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department

Move to eliminate private cabin rentals fails Burnett supervisors suggest that lake homeowners, neighbors can compromise by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer SIREN – An attempt to address an ineffective county ordinance failed to gain support of the Burnett County Board of Supervisors last Thursday, Jan. 19, but it generated discussion on how to satisfy cabin owners who want to rent out their lake property while maintaining the atmosphere the neighbors are seeking. Submitted by the land use committee, the resolution would have done away with allowing, as a conditional use, private residences to be rented out for recreational purposes in areas zoned residential-recreational. In effect, the move would mean that owners of lake property have no legal way to seek renting out their lake homes as a way of generating income. The committee noted that it has denied nearly every application it received for a conditional use for this purpose and felt the process was a waste of the $250 fee the cabin owner had to submit with the application. The resolution to eliminate the application process was defeated on a voice vote. Three owners of lake homes appeared before the board to speak against the resolution, stating that they wanted to rent these homes out to friends and family, and wanted a way to do that that complies with county regulations. During discussion of the resolution, board Chairman Don Taylor said he was opposed to eliminating the option for lake homeowners, believing that the committee could work with land owners on the issue. It is, noted Taylor, a source of revenue for the county. Comments indicated that permits were

not granted if neighbors were opposed, even if the property owner had done their research and properly applied. ThIS led Supervisor Larry Main to suggest that a new land use committee be formed. Anyway, Main said, if people want to, they will rent out their property whether or not they have the proper permit. Supervisor Charles Awe, vice chair of the committee, explained that one of the reasons the land use committee brought the resolution to the board is because landowners who wanted to rent out their cabin/home were required to pay a $250 application fee. Lake homeowners were paying the fee, but no permits were being granted. In addition, said Awe, the committee has received complaints from neighbors and resort owners who do not like having what could be called a “resort” next to them when the property is zoned residential. Supervisor Gene Olson spoke against the resolution, saying it was another attempt to take away personal liberties. People should be able to do what they wish with their own property, he felt, and the resolution infringed on the rights of property owners. The resolution was voted down and referred back to the land use committee for further discussion.

Other business • Lois Taylor was recognized for more than 15 years as aging services coordinator for Burnett County. • Health and human services director Katherine Peterson gave a presentation on the Great Rivers Income Maintenance Consortia providing economic support for a 10county region of northern Wisconsin. • Laura Rachford was appointed to a three-year term on Northern Water’s Library Service Board, and Robert Thomas was appointed to a three-year term on the Veterans Service Commission. • Appointments were made to a UW-Ex-

Burnett County Supervisor Chuck Awe spoke on a resolution submitted by the county’s land use committee at the Thursday, Jan. 19, county board meeting. Supervisor Gene Olson (right) looks on. – Photo by Priscilla Bauer tension subcommittee that will study the needs and options for filling the vacant family living agent position. The state is funding the position at 80 percent. Appointed to the committee were Supervisors Ed Peterson, Richard Anderson, Phil Lindeman, Larry Main and Brent Blomberg. Also on the committee are county Administrator Candace Fitzgerald, Taylor, Mike Kornmann, community development educator with UW-Extension, and UW-Extension Northern District interim director Kathy Miller. A public hearing on the position will be held at the government center Monday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 a.m. • Forest and parks Administrator Jake Nichols presented information on county forest acres that have been cleaned up and are yet to be cleaned up in the wake of the storm last summer. The storm affected future timber cutting and planting plans, and Nichols also discussed the 25-year outlook for the county forest.

SCF knife wielder gets over seven years in prison Man had been shot by police in 2010 incident by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – A St. Croix Falls man who pulled a knife on his family and police, and got shot in the abdomen, will spend another six years in prison, as well as be on probation for another five years after he is released. William Bokenyi, 41, threatened both his wife and 10-year-old son in an Aug. 1, 2010, domestic dispute that ended with him being shot once in the abdomen by a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy. That deputy was later found to have been justified in the shooting, after a panel of local law enforcement officials reviewed the investigation and found the shooting justified. According to the reports and narrative in the Polk County district attorney’s complaint, officers were called to the couple’s apartment on the evening of Aug. 1 in the city of St. Croix Falls. The 911 call came from Bokenyi’s now former wife, stating that her husband had “snapped” and threatened to kill her and his child, forcing the two to seek safety in a locked room. By the victim’s account, Bokenyi had left their apartment about 6 p.m. that evening for a poker game in Minnesota, returning about two or three hours later, and becoming agitated when his wife mentioned that she would be leaving for a week to assist her mother medically. According to the report, the woman said the man became “seriously depressed, cried and went to bed.” The woman told investigators that she was nervous because of that behavior and was concerned about their son’s safety. It was just a short time later that Bokenyi confronted her and began making death threats to both of them - asking his wife, “Which one of you should die first?” She said that is what led her to grab the boy and hide in a locked room to call police. That is also when Bokenyi apparently retrieved a pair of large kitchen knives. The first officer on the scene was a St. Croix Falls police officer, who briefly saw Bokenyi through the front door wielding the two knives in his left hand, and refusing to

drop them, claiming they would “have to kill him first.” That officer called for backup, with several county deputies arriving a short time later. Officers kicked the apartment door in and found Bokenyi in the kitchen area, continually threatening William Bokenyi the woman and child in the other room and refusing to drop the two knives. One of the deputies then used a taser on Bokenyi for compliance, but it seemed to have “little or no effect,” and actually led to him lunging at the officers. That was when a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy fired a single shot into Bokenyi’s abdomen, dropping him to the floor. Neither the woman nor the child were physically injured during the incident. After being shot, Bokenyi was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., for gunshot wound treatment, and made a recovery. He was later transferred to a secure facility for follow-up treatment, and was officially charged a month later. Because there was an officer-involved shooting, an outside investigation was conducted by the Burnett County Sheriff’s office, which also led to a mandated shooting review panel - comprised of several law officials from local agencies and nearby county sheriffs offices. That panel fully cleared the deputy in the shooting, and he was back in service a short time later. Upon recovery, Bokenyi was charged with seven felonies and three misdemeanors, including first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of felony intimidation, a felony count of failure to comply with a police officer, felony battery to a police officer and a similar attempted battery charge, as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and negligent handling of a weapon. Bokenyi faced the potential of more than 45 years in prison and up to almost $125,000 in fines, if he was convicted on all counts. He claimed at times during several court hearings that he was not guilty by reason of

mental disease or defect, but he later relinquished and agreed to plea bargain in court on Sept. 30, 2011. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges of three of the original felonies: first-degree reckless endangerment, intimidating a witness or victim and failure to comply with an officer. The other charges were dropped, but read in for the sentencing. After a presentence investigation, Judge Molly GaleWyrick sentenced Bokenyi on Monday, Jan. 23, to the maximum amount of time for count one, first-degree reckless endangerment: 12 years, five months - with seven years, five months of that time spent in prison, and five years of extended supervision, upon release. He was also sentenced to concurrent prison terms for the intimidating a witness and failure to comply with police charges. Those two sentences added a combined six years in prison and another six years of extended supervision. No fines or restitution orders were issued, but he is not to have contact with any of the victims, must continue mental health treatment and maintain absolute sobriety. Shortly after the St. Croix Falls incident, authorities discovered that Bokenyi had been shot once before by police. That incident occurred in Ashland in March 1996, during a remarkably similar domestic dispute that led to a similar confrontation with authorities. He recovered from that shooting and was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor, but was ultimately found guilty of one charge of first-degree reckless endangerment, with the two other charges being dropped in a plea agreement. Bokenyi had been in custody on a $25,000 cash bond at the Polk County Jail since returning from the hospital, and was given credit for serving 540 days against his sentence, meaning the earliest Bokenyi can be released would be late 2017, and he will also be on extended supervision until 2022. He was already a convicted felon, so many previous penalties stay in affect, including never again owning a firearm or being able to vote. The couple has since divorced, with the judge noting in the final court hearing last month, “[We] find there is a pattern or history of serious interspousal battery or domestic abuse.”

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Land sale negotiations move forward by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — Sometime during the week of Feb. 6, the Luck School Board will meet with representatives of the village to discuss the possible sale of 27 acres of schoolowned land to the village for development purposes. The school board on Monday evening, Jan. 23, with two members absent, voted to meet as a whole with the individuals designated by the village to negotiate the purchase, which was approved at a special meeting in December. School board members also discussed authorizing the building committee to negotiate, or using a third party, but those present agreed that the whole board should be involved. Negotiating for the village are Administrator Kristina Handt, President Peter Demydowich and plan commission member John Klatt. School board members present at the Jan. 23 meeting were LeRoy Buck and Jake Jensen, both of whom preferred negotiating as a full board. Board President Robert Clifton preferred to authorize the building committee to negotiate but was satisfied with moving forward as a board. Members Daryl Bazey and Amy Dueholm were absent from the meeting. “Just because we continue with negotiations doesn’t mean sale,” Clifton pointed out. “You’re absolutely not obligated to sell,” agreed district Administrator Rick Palmer. Once scheduled, said Palmer, the meeting with village officials will be officially noticed for the public. Most likely the meeting will convene in open session, then go into closed session to proceed with negotiations, he said. A number of village residents on both

sides of the issue have stated their opinions to village officials as well as to the school board. Several of those who are opposed to the sale attended Monday night’s school board meeting. First to speak was Bruce Anderson, who referred to a letter he had faxed to the school board but also added new comments. He told the board that there appears to be significant use of the property by the school, urging that it not be sold. In addition, he said, the parking for baseball and football in that area is already dangerous and inadequate, and some of the property could be used to alleviate that problem. Anderson also commented on the fact that the village provides the softball field for girls softball. The field is inadequate and substandard, he said, with no agreement with the village that the school has use of the field. Calling the issue a “sore spot,” Anderson said that the board has an obligation to provide an adequate facility for the sport. In recent years, Anderson noted, schools in Spooner, Webster, Frederic, Grantsburg and elsewhere have needed to purchase land to build a new school. Luck currently has property if it’s ever needed, and would be poised for whatever might come down the road. “As a resident of both the village and the school district,” Anderson wrote, “I am not privy to any of the details concerning potential development. I hope that you are considering restrictions on the sale that would limit the type of development near your facilities. “Further,” Anderson continued, “keep in mind that most businesses will have starting and ending business days comparable to those of the school. Employees, delivery trucks and shipping trucks will be competing with your students, staff and buses for use of Butternut Avenue.” Anderson cautioned the board that since the village is contemplating using tax increment financing to develop the

land it could be years before the district sees any financial benefit. He suggested that, if the village does purchase the land, it should be sold with the idea that it be developed within a specified time frame or be returned to the school. Lynn Gregorash also spoke to the board, referring to comments made at earlier meetings that the district will not be looking to build a new facility and therefore doesn’t need the land. However, said Gregorash, there is no way to predict that no disaster will strike. If the current building would be damaged or destroyed, he said, it would make sense to sell the lake property where the school is now located and rebuild on less valuable land. Selling the land, he said, would be a “bad decision all around.” Sharon and Bill Smith also went on record opposed to the sale. “It’s a good piece of land,” said Bill Smith. ‘Why don’t you keep it?”

Referendum likely Tight budgets through the years has meant that a number of maintenance projects at the school have been delayed, Palmer told the board, asking them to start looking at the possibility of a $1.5 million referendum. In particular, he said, sections of 20year-old roof membrane need replacing. “That’s a pretty sizable project,” he commented. Other needs include plumbing and electrical issues. Debt acquired from a $2.5 million referendum several years ago will be paid off in 2013-14, Palmer said, at which point the district could borrow without increasing property taxes. Payments currently going to the previous debt could be used to pay off the new debt. Palmer also presented a comparison of poverty rates and taxing mill rates for area school districts. The poverty rates, he noted, have been increasing dramatically.

At Luck, 11.7 percent of students during the 2009-10 school year were at or below poverty rates. That number climbed to 12.9 percent for 2010-11, then jumped to 16.2 percent for the current year. Those numbers at Frederic are 14, 16 and 19 percent, while Grantsburg’s are 15.4, 16.9 and 18.4 percent. Siren, with a poverty rate of 23.4 percent in 2009-10, rising to 26.2 percent in 2010-11 and 29 percent for the current year, has been the highest in the three-county area of Polk, Burnett and Washburn. Osceola has been lowest, at 5.4, 6.3 and 7.9 percent. “It’s scary when you look at how fast the poverty level has grown in some of these districts,” Palmer said. Luck School’s 2011-12 taxing mill rate, at $9.24 per $1,000 in property valuation, is “right in the ballpark,” Palmer said. In the same three-county area, the lowest mill rate can be found at Webster, at $5.64 per $1,000, due to the high property values. The highest mill rate is found at Shell Lake, at $11.56 per $1,000 in valuation.

Other business • Student representative to the board Michael Jenssen reported that students are preparing for Spirit Week the week of Feb. 6, as well as for prom. • The board approved renewal of cooperative sports agreements with Unity for girls golf and tennis and girls and boys cross country. High school Principal Mark Gobler reported that he met with high school principals from Unity and Frederic to start looking at shared prealgebra classes through ITV, and shared advance placement classes. The biggest issue, he said, is to line up the yearly calendar and daily schedule at each school. • Gobler also reported that peer tutoring, focusing on juniors and seniors tutoring seventh- and eighth-graders, is being discussed. It is possible, he said, that the tutors can earn credit for their work.

Pool issue comes to Grantsburg School Board Funding will be on next board agenda by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – The Grantsburg School Board will act on funding to help keep the village swimming pool open when the board meets Monday, Feb. 13. The board acted in response to a request from the Grantsburg Village Board at the school board’s meeting Monday, Jan. 23. The village needs to raise $35,000 to keep the pool open in 2012.

The $35,000 would pay for a lift required to make the pool compliant with accessibility requirement, provide the funds to repair a leak and cover part of the operating funds to operate the pool. The village projects that pool costs will be $45,000 and has put $10,000 of that amount in the 2012 budget. The $35,000 must be raised by March 16. Already $5,600 has been donated for the pool, and a possible grant could provide another $15,000. John Addison, chair of the pool fundraising committee, told the school board that the funding for 2012 must be

part of a long-range plan to fund the annual pool operations deficit. He said that deficit is estimated at $50,000 a year over the next 10 years. The village wants to involve more of the community in covering the pool costs and one way to do that would be to involve the school district more in the funding. Dr. Joni Burgin, Grantsburg school superintendent, said that some funds might be found for the immediate repairs. She said it is not possible to address the longrange funding immediately since the district’s current budget was set last fall. An option might be funding some of the pool

operating costs using the community education fund in the budget. Burgin said an action resolution for the 2012 funding needs will be put on the consensus agenda for the Feb. 13 meeting. A large group, in addition to Addison, attended the school board meeting to present the pool needs and future. That included village President Roger Panek, Trustees Mark Dahlberg, Val Johnson and Dean Josephson, village clerk Jennifer Zeiller and treasurer Sheila Meyer, John Dickinson, pool manager last season, student Paige Johnson, a lifeguard last year, and her father, Mark Johnson.

All good news at Siren School Board meeting by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer SIREN—The Monday, Jan. 23, regular Siren School Board meeting began and ended with generous donations to the school. Rick Aadalen from the Siren Lions presented the board with a check in the amount of $1,210 as a continuation of the Project Recovery program. The program began after the tornado 10 years ago, when the Lions group learned of local children who had lost all their books in the storm. Originally, money was raised to help 32 tornado victims buy books. Since then, the program has evolved. This year, the donation will provide money to 276 elementary students to enable them buy books at the upcoming Scholastic book fair. Just prior to moving into closed session, one of the final agenda items was accepting a grant from Polk Burnett Electric Cooperative. Funds were raised through Operation Round Up, a program through which Polk Burnett co-op members “round up” their bill to support efforts that enhance the community and provide opportunities for local youth. The grant, in the amount of $865, was given to the girls basketball program. In between those two highlights was a lot of other good news. Principal Peggy Ryan applauded the undefeated boys bas-

ketball team, reported that preliminary testing appears to support the new reading program and that the new eighth-period study hall for high school has been very effective. Superintendent Scott Johnson reported that he and a few members of the board attended last week’s 91st State Education Convention in Milwaukee. The theme of the conference was Creating New Possibilities, and focused on new legislation, school funding and emerging technologies. Johnson commented, “It’s a time like no other in the history of education. There’s so much change … it’s fast and it’s big. We can’t get enough of this training.” Board member Dave McGrane chimed in, “We have to be willing to look at changing our whole structure,” responding to a seminar led by former educator and classroom technology expert Will Richardson. Board member Dayton Daniels agreed, saying that he walked away from the convention impressed by “the rigorous amount of work that needs to be done” to implement the new state standards. As daunting as some of these changes seem, the board appeared to take an enthusiastic and positive approach to what lies ahead. The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, Rick Aadalen (right) presents a donation from the Siren Lions to Siren School Board Presi- at 5 p.m., earlier than usual to accommodate the basketball schedule. dent Jeff Howe. – Photo courtesy Todd Beckman, Burnett County Sentinel


After School All-Stars starts at Luck Grant makes after-school program possible by Mary Stirrat Leader staff writer LUCK — After School All-Stars is the new after-school program that will begin at Luck next month as a requirement of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant it received last fall. The federal grant provides a total of $948,000 to five schools over the next three years, focusing on physical fitness and nutrition. The After School All-Stars, with the motto “Where it’s cool to stay after school,” is open to the first 45 students in kindergarten through sixth grade to register. The first six-week session is Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 7 and ending March 13. This will be followed by another six-week session from March 27 – May 3, and then a three-week session from May 15 through May 31. Luck’s physical education teacher Megan Challoner coordinates the grant for all five schools, and Renee Gavinski and Don Kendzior are co-coordinators at Luck. Gavinski and Challoner appeared at the Jan. 23 meeting of the Luck School Board to get the OK for the After School All-Stars program. Students enrolled in the program, at a cost of $25 each with an alternative fee to be decided for families qualifying for free or reduced lunch, will meet after school Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5 p.m. There will be a 30-minute period for homework and reading, 30 minutes nutrition education and preparing a snack, and 30 minutes for some type of physical ac-

Currently, said special education director Kristi Fenning, there are 10 Luck students and two from Frederic in the program. In the next two years, she said, she sees the total number of students jumping to 19. At the same time, she said, the students will be growing and will need more space for that reason, as well. Palmer has surveyed teachers about several options and will present the results next month.

Other business • Elementary Principal Ann Goldbach reported that she has received another grant for the school garden, to be used for creating more raised beds and a garden shed. • Goldbach also reported on new principal and teacher evaluations being developed at the state level, along with a restructuring of standardized tests. Wisconsin, she noted, used to be ranked secMegan Challoner, left, and Renee Gavinski spoke to the Luck School Board Monday night, ond among all states in reading scores, but has fallen to 26th place. The new system Jan. 23, about an after-school program that will be starting Feb. 7. – Photo by Mary Stirrat will provide accountability for teachers and principals, she said, adding, “It’s all classrooms located off the commons to- about good instruction.” tivity. A partial list of activities for the first six- ward the cafeteria for use as a wellness, or • The second-quarter discipline report week session includes ice fishing, ice-skat- fitness, room. As set in the terms of the for the elementary school was presented, ing, sledding, dance and snowshoeing. wellness grant the school received, the fit- indicating a 30 percent drop in referrals. Students will be grouped by grade, with ness room would be open only to students There were a total of 36 office discipline kindergarten through second grade to- for the first three years. The grant is cov- referrals during the quarter, involving 11 gether, third and fourth grades together, ering the cost of elliptical, treadmills, and boys and seven girls. Twelve were on the other equipment. and fifth and sixth grades together. bus, 10 in classrooms, six on the playCost for the renovation, said district Ad- ground, and the remainder in the hallway, According to Challoner, there are already 20 potential enrollees. More infor- ministrator Rick Palmer, should be mini- library, cafeteria or bathroom. mation can be obtained by contacting mal. • The board approved the hiring of The board also discussed remodeling of Paula Anderson for the special education Gavinski or Luck Community Education. the special education areas, possibly ex- classroom. Anderson, a licensed special panding to accommodate a growing num- education teacher, will work six hours a Renovation The board agreed to renovation of two ber of students. day.

April 3 election contests shape up in neighboring county Scattered contests, three write-in elections by Gregg Westigard Leader staff writer WASHBURN COUNTY – The April 3 election contests are now complete for all of Washburn County. There will be three contested county board seats and two seats with no candidates, where the winner will be decided by write-in votes. The school districts of Birchwood, Rice Lake and Spooner will have contests. There will also be ballot choices in the city of Spooner and the Town of Minong. And then there is the Shell Lake city election story. The Washburn County Board All 21 county board seats are up in April. The district lines have been redrawn to reflect the new population numbers after the 2010 census. Two incumbents are retiring, and no candidates filed for these open seats which will be decided by write-in contests. Another three supervisors are being challenged,

leaving 16 county board members running unopposed. In District 9, the Town of Spooner and the northwest corner of Crystal, William Allard is retiring and no one filed for the seat in December. Terry A. Leckel Sr., has registered as a write-in candidate for the seat. The other open seat is District 20, the northern ward of the city of Shell Lake and the southwest corner of Beaver Brook, where William Campbell is retiring. No write-in candidate has registered for the seat. There is a contest in District 11, the Town of Bashaw, where incumbent Bob Washkuhn is facing David Wilson. The second contest is in District 16, the northwest part of the city of Spooner and an adjoining part of the Town of Spooner. Matt Vesper is challenging incumbent James Dohm. The last contested county board seat is District 21, the southern part of the city of Shell Lake. Here Terry A. Leckel (Jr.) is challenging incumbent Dan Hubin.

The school districts Birchwood has two open seats. The

candidates are incumbent T. Thomas Skar, Jeffrey Leamy and Becca RobotkaHrdlicka. The other incumbent, Robert Herscher, is retiring. Two incumbents, William Johnson and Mark Kelsey, are retiring in Hayward. Running for the three open seats are incumbent Don Semler, Stacey Hessel, Trina Starr and Kim Rumler. Spooner has four candidates on the ballot for two full-three-year terms and the remaining two years of a vacant board seat. The candidates are incumbents Philip Markgren and Christina Martin plus Nathan Eichhort and David Wilson. The top two finishers will get the full terms while third place gets the two-year spot. Incumbents are unopposed in Shell Lake, Linda Nielsen, Jeri Bitney and Phil Holman; Northwood, Max Ericson and Mary Ganzel; and Rice Lake, Don Cuskey, Steve Bowman and Keven Jensen.

The villages There are no contests for the two seats on the Birchwood Board or three seats on the Minong Board, and all incumbents are

running unopposed. In Birchwood that is Nancy Seffinga and Linda Zillmer. The Minong candidates are Karen Baker, Andy Podratz and James Schaefer.

The towns The Town of Minong is the only one with a five-member board with two supervisors elected each year. The seats are numbered. Incumbent Linda Featherly is the only candidate for seat number three. Anthony Tubbs is not running again for seat four. The candidates are David Conaway and Tom Havlicek. The cities Spooner has contests for mayor and one of the four council seats. Incumbent Mayor Gary Cuskey is facing Joseph Sniezewski. The council race is in the Ward 1 where Kip Olson is running against incumbent Eva Everroad. In Wards 2, 3 and 4 incumbents Carol Blizzard Dunn, Daryl Gabriel and Larry Stelter are unopposed.

Sixth DUI may bring six years After almost hitting a squad car, Dresser man facing felony charges by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer DRESSER – A local man is facing extensive prison time after receiving his sixth driving while intoxicated charge, which is an automatic felony. James Lundberg, 57, Dresser, was stopped shortly after midnight on Saturday, Jan. 21, after he reportedly nearly hit a Dresser Police squad car while turning from Hwy. 35 onto State Street in Dresser. The police officer was able to pull the car over a short time later, and the officer noted the immediate odor of intoxicants when approaching the driver’s’window. Lundberg reportedly slurred his speech and admitted that he had “a couple of

beers” at a tavern outside Dresser. He also had trouble finding his state identification, as he has no current driver’s license after being suspended previously and was not legal to drive. The officer limited some of the James Lundberg field sobriety tests, due to the fact that it was minus 8 degrees outside at the time. However, Lundberg did register a .203 blood alcohol content, well over the .08 BAC legal limit. The officer also noted that Lundberg’s truck had long-expired plates. Lundberg was placed under arrest and is now facing felony charges of DUI (sixth) and may face further charges later for op-

erating after revocation, expired registration and operating left of center. He made an initial appearance before Judge Molly GaleWyrick on Monday, Jan. 23, where she set a $3,500 cash bond on his release, with a Thursday, Feb. 2, preliminary hearing, where she will decide if there is enough evidence to carry the case ahead to trial.

Lundberg has five previous DUI convictions, several of which are in other states, and faces up to a $10,000 cash fine and/or six years in prison, if convicted. He remains in custody at the Polk County Jail at press time.

Frederic ski trails … waiting for snow FREDERIC—Frederic’s ski trails, the Coon Lake Trail and the Trade River Trail, are still waiting for enough snow to open for 2012. After the Jan. 1 3-inch snowburst, the trails were rolled and ready for the next several inches of snow to finish the base and get the 2012 cross-county ski season off and running. The second snowfall never arrived.

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lot are Dave Schultz, Jim Nelson and incumbent Steve Sylvester. That leaves Tom Boettcher, Kevin Kamish and incumbent Eugene Ludack running unopposed for the three seats on the board. The third incumbent, Ryan Davison, announced earlier that he was not running again. Joel Peper withdrew from the ballot in Balsam Lake. That leaves five candidates on the April 3 ballot, incumbents Caroline Rediske, Jeff Reed and Chris Sondrol plus challengers Vera Bollinger and Ryan Wildt. The Milltown ballot also decreased by one name when Janet Otto withdrew. That leaves four people running for three seats, incumbents Larry Kuske and Henry Studtmann Jr. and challengers Linda Martenson and Les Sloper. Incumbent Pete Peterson is retiring.



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Republican bill to undo controversial lead paint decision by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - Republican lawmakers are moving to retroactively undo the state Supreme Court’s controversial lead paint decision. It could affect scores of ongoing lawsuits against paint manufacturers in the process. When the state Supreme Court issued its lead paint decision in 2005, the business lobby went ballistic. The ruling meant victims of lead poisoning could sue companies that once manufactured lead paint even if the victims could not prove which specific company made the paint that hurt them. At a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 19, West Bend Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman called it a repugnant decision, even “cockamamie.” Republicans already effectively overturned the ruling last year for all lawsuits going forward. But Grothman now wants to go further. His bill would overturn the

ruling retroactively for the more than five years when it was the law of the land in Wisconsin. Grothman downplayed the significance, “You’re changing the rules, but not the rights.” But Milwaukee attorney Peter Earl said the change would be a very big deal to the victims of lead poisoning he’s currently representing in court, including one lawsuit filed in 2006. He stood as he testified, surrounded on all sides by his clients, mostly African-American children. Earl contended this bill was being introduced at the behest of paint companies who worry they might lose in court, “So they come to you and say, snap my fingers, Republicans in the state Legislature, Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin. We own you. Pass a bill. Let us out of here.” The plan is being pushed by prominent Madison lobbying firms and has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. It has not been scheduled for a vote in committee.

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Walker says state lawmakers running the Senate and Assembly Education Committees will release drafts of the bills soon. State school Superintendent Tony Evers says he’ll be watching to see that the details match what the task forces recommended. State Democratic Party officials are also showing up at a lot of Walker’s events these days. Communications director Graeme Zielinski says recall election voters may have to decide this year if the governor really wants to help schools after cutting state aid to many districts. Walker didn’t take any media questions after his Milwaukee speech.

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by Rick Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio STATEWIDE - Wisconsin lost 3,900 private sector jobs in December. It’s the sixth month in a row the state has lost jobs. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate fell from 7.4 to 7.1 percent in December. Labor market economist Eric Grosso calls the numbers a mixed bag with good news and bad. He says the bad news is Wisconsin’s leisure and hospitality sector took a heavy hit with 6,100 jobs lost in December, “I really don’t know what to make of that right now. I don’t want to call that a trend, but it certainly is quite apparent when you’re looking at the data to be severe in at least this month.” Grosso says that sector was doing well in the early months of 2011 but has fallen since. He says the good news from December is that the state’s construction and manufacturing sector made gains with

more than 5,000 new jobs there, “Manufacturing has been leading this recovery, and when I say that I’m not just speaking about Wisconsin, I’m speaking nationally. We’ve still done pretty well with our export markets despite the things that we hear internationally right now.” Overall, Grosso says the state is showing signs of economic healing with tax collections up and unemployment insurance claims down to levels not seen since 2008. He says if those indicators hold steady job numbers should improve this year, “I’m thinking that we’ll probably pop up into positive territory somewhere in 2012.” Grosso stresses that December’s job summary is a compilation of preliminary numbers and will more than likely change in coming months.


Burnett County circuit court Steven T. Ammend, 59, Webster, speeding, $173.30. Kenneth C. Anderson, 59, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Mark A. Anderson, 50, Edina, Minn., speeding, $175.30. David A. Anderson, 46, Danbury, operate without valid license,$200.50. Ronald J. Bearhart, 30, Danbury, operate without valid license, $267.50. Brianna L. Bearheart, 21, Webster, OWI, $867.50, license revoked eight months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment; bail jumping, sentence withheld, twoyear probation, comply with any treatment recommended, $243.00; battery, sentence withheld, two-year probation, $243.00. Erin R. Bearheart, 20, Webster, operating without insurance, $200.50; operate by permittee after dark without person over 25, $200.50. Caitlin M. Belisle, 19, Webster, operate without valid license, $200.50; operate without insurance, $200.50; operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Karla R. Benjamin, 33, Danbury, operate without valid license, $267.50. Delton E. Bergsgaard, 82, Superior, speeding, $175.30. George A. Bibeau, 27, Centuria, operate without insurance, $200.50. Peter M. Brask, 64, Minneapolis, Minn., disorderly conduct, $330.50. Mark E. Brenizer, 32, Siren, operate without insurance, $200.50. Curtiss A. Cain, 30, Germantown, speeding, $200.50. Michael W. Carpenter, resisting or obstructing an officer, sentence withheld, three-year probation, $243.00; disorderly conduct, sentence withheld,

three-year probation, $243.00; OWI, $1,424.00, sentence withheld, 90-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, attend restorative justice, alcohol assessment, license revoked 24 months. Aaron M. Cedergren, 23, North Branch, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Joseph B. Chouinard, 42, Frederic, improper registration, $263.50. Jeremy R. Clark, 26, Fridley, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Garret J. Coleman, 17, Foxboro, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Derrick L. Coston, 17, Danbury, possession of drug paraphernalia, $330.50. Jeffrey M. Danger, 48, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $208.50. H. Davis Debord Jr., 51, Cincinnati, Ohio, speeding, $175.30. Jessica M. Derrick, 19, Cushing, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Michelle M. Douglas, 47, St. Paul, Minn., driving too fast for conditions, $213.10; failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Bruce Erichsen, 32, St. Croix Falls, operate a motor vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Ashley M. Fjorden, 23, Frederic, nonregistration of auto, $175.30; operate without insurance, $200.50. Max C. Gorkeiwicz, 37, Grantsburg, operate without valid license, $267.50. Benjamin J. Graves, 37, Minneapolis, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Anton G. Gray, 20, Minong, fail to display license plates, $150.10; cracked or damaged windshield, $175.30. Paul B. Gustafson, 69, Annadale, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Mandy R. Haessly, 34, Danbury, speeding, $175.30.

Kristina I. Hall, 20, Gordon, operate without valid license, $267.50. Zachary R. Holmstrom, 19, Dabury, fail to maintain windshield washer fluid, $175.30; cracked or damaged windshield, $175.30; fail to maintain backup lamps, $175.30. Deborah L. Hubbell, 42, Grantsburg, operating while suspended, $200.50. Travis R. Hughes, 20, Dairyland, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Timothy A. Jahn, 54, Danbury, seat belt violation, $10.00. Jesse L. Janssen, 20, Webster, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Richard E. Jennum, 48, Anoka, Minn., speeding, $225.70. Debra A. Johnson, 53, Faith, S.D., OWI, $691.50, license revoked six months, alcohol assessment. Clinton A. Jones, 44, Webster, operate without insurance, $200.50; nonregistarion of auto, $175.30. Anthony W. Karis, 38, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. James M. Kerce, 22, speeding, $175.30. Anthony A. Larson, 20, Grantsburg, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Timothy C. Lindquist, 49, New Richmond, speeding, $175.30. Nancy B. Marsh, 63, Grantsburg, speeding, $200.50. Joseph L. Matrious, 30, Danbury, resisting or obstructing an officer, one-year probation, sentence withheld, comply with terms and conditions of family court, $243.00; disorderly conduct, one-year probation, sentence withheld, $243.00. Nathan J. McAbee, 39, Grantsburg, operate without insurance, $200.50.

Danielle L. McQuay, 23, Grantsburg, disorderly conduct, $330.50. Daniel G. McGuiggan, 19, Grantsburg, underage drinking, alcohol assessment, $263.50. Tammy K. Merth, 35, Danbury, speeding, $175.30. Brett R. Meyer, 27, Centuria, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $200.50. Debra J. Mikkelson, 55, Siren, speeding, $175.30. Joan K. Monn, 56, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50. Jason L. Muller, 35, Pine City, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Bryan J. Nelson, 49, Two Harbors, Minn., operate without valid license, $267.50. Joan M. Novak, 47, Rice Lake, speeding, $175.30; operate while suspended, $200.50. John R. Olson, 48, Webster, operate while revoked, $250.00. Audrey L. Pardun, 40, Webster, speeding, $175.30. Michael B. Paulson, 54, Dayton, Minn., construct without permit, $263.50. Cara K. Peasley, 21, Grantsburg, speeding, $175.30. Shannon N. Petersen, 31, Lewis, operate without insurance, $200.50. Lynda A. Petty, 29, Summit, Mo., operate without insurance, $200.50; speeding, $175.30. Tyler D. Preston, 16, Eau Claire, speeding, $175.30. Holly A. Reddy, 21, Levittown, Pa., speeding, $200.50. Danielle M. Reynolds, 26, New Auburn, issue worthless check, one-year probation, sentence withheld, $730.30. Ryan A. Rucker, 34, Minneapolis, Minn., operate motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00; operate while suspended, $200.50. Jordan W. Sargent, 18, Siren, underage drinking, $263.50.



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Brian J. Sargent, 46, Webster, inattentive driving, $187.90. Kyle R. Schaffer, 25, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. William A. Schellin, 36, Medford, seat belt violation, $18.00. Brenda A. Seifert, 38, Webster, failure to notify police of accident, $263.50. Eugene C. Sikorski, 33, Foxboro, operate vehicle without insurance, $200.50. Thomas W. Snyder, 26, Sandstone, Minn., battery, oneyear probation, obtain GED, no contact with victim, alcohol assessment, $243.00. Stacy D. Spafford, 30, Siren, issue worthless checks, oneyear probation, sentence withheld, $243.00. Lincoln M. Spafford, 19, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50. Joel W. Speer, 53, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Christopher A. Staples, 24, Webster, theft of movable property, one-year probation, $1,000 restitution, $353.00. Kristopher R. Staves, 24, Spooner, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Melissa C. Stickland, 35, Red Oak, Iowa, issure worthless check, restitution, $403.63. Ma Cecelia Symond, 25, Webster, speeding, $127.50. Russell J. Terry, 41, Spooner, speedometer violations, $127.50. Lisa E. Thompson, 30, Hayward, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00; fail or improper stop at stop sign, $175.30. Maksim Tsymbalau, 27, Webster, speeding, $200.50. Scott J. Vandervelden, 41, Webster, OWI, $2,944.00, twoyear probation, sentence withheld, 110-day jail sentence, Huber release granted, license revoked 33 months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment.

Anthony D. Vogel, 29, Danbury, operate without proof of insurance, $10.00. Lawrence W. Wachewicz, 53, Siren, operate without valid license, $267.50. Andrew E. Wellman, 20, Webster, nonregistration of auto, $175.30; seat belt violation, $10.00. Billy J. Williamson, 31, Lewis, seat belt violation, $10.00; operate vehicle without insurance, $200.50; display unauthorized registraion, $200.50; operate while suspended, $200.50. Robert D. Williamson, 34, Frederic, hunt deer in closed season, three-year DNR-license suspension, testify truthfully, $2,125.00.; illegal shining, threeyear DNR-license suspension, $2,125.00. Buck R. Zehner, 36, Webster, operate without valid license, $267.50. Percy W. Benjamin, 33, Hinckley, Minn., disorderly conduct, $330.50. Weston L. Dockter, 20, Middleton, speeding, $127.50. Dennis J. Fontaine, 48, Webb Lake, passing in no-passing zone, $213.10. Damian F. Hubbell, 20, Siren, OWI, $1,109.00, license revoked 12 months, ignition interlock, alcohol assessment. Dawn R. Jennings, 52, Zimmerman, Minn., speeding, $200.50. LouAnn F. Merrill, 35, Luck, operate without valid license, $267.50. George E. Phelps, 41, Webster, operate while suspended, $200.50. James R. Schug, 62, Stillwater, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Jessica J. Spencer, 44, disorderly conduct, $243.00. Nace A. Sutherland, 20, Grantsburg, minor operate motorcycle without headgear, $127.50.


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Chipping away at the inequities in health-care coverage has consumed a lot of time on the part of state and federal legislators - we’re talking decades - and there’s really no end in sight. ObamaCare made some inroads but its effectiveness, like its life expectancy, isn’t ranking very high these days. That said, let’s hear it for the representatives who continue the battle in the trenches at the state level, fighting for fair and affordable health care on behalf of consumers. State Sen. Roberta Darling, R-River Falls, and state Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, are among them. Last year they proposed legislation that would require health plans regulated by the state to provide similar coverage for oral and intravenous chemotherapy drugs. There is a huge difference for cancer patients in the U.S. when it comes to out-of-pocket costs for an oral drug versus an intravenous product that is administered in a doctor’s office or clinic. In a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article, one cancer patient said he was facing costs of $120,000 a year for oral chemotherapy. Even with above average insurance coverage, that cost is prohibitive. Some cancer patients have no options, as new treatments come only in the pill form. Researchers estimate that 25 to 35 percent of promising anticancer drugs in development are oral chemotherapy agents. Another plus of oral chemo is the absence of side effects often associated with IV chemo - including hair loss and nausea. Patients can maintain their job and care for their children while undergoing treatment. So the legislation and similar regulations - first adopted three years ago in Oregon and now in effect in Iowa, Minnesota and approximately 12 other states, including Illinois and New Jersey beginning this month offer tangibles beyond fairness. But there are three troublesome aspects that shouldn’t be overlooked. First, many health insurers are against the proposal because it simply means added costs will be shifted to insurance premiums - although a similar bill passed by Indiana legislators has not driven up costs, according to a press release issued by Darling’s office. Second, the proposed legislation, if passed, would only be applicable to health plans that are subject to state regulation - mainly those sold to individuals and small employers - about half of the state's commercial insurance market. And third (and the most overreaching) is the ongoing, glaring absence of anyone with enough power to stand up to the pharmaceutical giants, who garner strength for lobbying politicians with profits from ... well ... a $120,000/year medicine. According to a former head of the New England Journal of Medicine, "The United States is the only advanced country that permits the pharmaceutical industry to charge exactly what the market will bear." Still, efforts to at least make sure consumers who pay for health insurance have a voice and an opportunity at self-protection, should be commended. The bill deserves an e-mail of support addressed to your state senator and state representative. Editorials by Gary King

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RIVER FALLS - A big crowd gathered at Junior’s Bar and Grill in River Falls the night of Thursday, Jan. 19, joining enthusiastic mom and well-known local singer Colleen Raye in front of a large-screen TV to watch her son, Reed Grimm, of Ellsworth, appear on “American Idol.” Grimm’s Pittsburgh audition appeared in the first half-hour of the show, including video footage of him playing onstage as a kid. He also told judges that he was born into a musical family since mom Raye and dad Steve Grimm are both singers and musicians. “American Idol” showed Grimm’s initial audition, for which he sang “As Days Go By,” the theme song to “Family Matters.” He also jammed around the stage playing air guitar and “enthralling” the audience, according to one of the judges. He wore a vintage shirt of Raye’s from when she and Steve had a softball team in Atlantic City. His family ordered new replica shirts to match the old one in which he’d auditioned. The judges voted and announced that Grimm would advance to Hollywood for the next round of competition. Raye is a well-known singer who performs often in the region and also works at Westside Elementary in River Falls. Many may know Grimm from his New Year’s Eve performance with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra Big Band at the Hudson-based Phipps Center for the Arts. Grimm also plays in his own band, the Shoeless Revolution. -

Farmland rental values increasing

BARRON COUNTY - Farmland rental rates in Barron County continue to increase, according to a survey released this week by the Barron County UW-Extension Office. The average cash rent paid for farmland in Barron County was $59 per acre in 2011, up from $53 during the 2010 growing season. “Strong prices for corn and soybeans, competition for land and increasing farmland values have placed upward pressure on cash rental rates in recent years,” according to Tim Jergenson, Barron County agricultural agent who conducted the survey. While the average cash farmland rent in Barron County was $59 per acre, there was a great deal of variation from low to high. The lowest reported rent in the survey was $15 per acre. The highest reported rent was $150 per acre. Barron County farmland rent was lower than many of the neighboring counties. Average cash rent for farmland in Eau Claire County was $84 per acre, $82 in St. Croix, $71 in Dunn, $68 in Chippewa and $61 in Polk County. The Barron County UW-Extension Office conducts a cash rent survey each year. - Barron News-Shield

Board OKs $790,000 referendum

BARRON - During a special meeting Sunday, Jan. 22, the Barron School Board approved placing a question on the April 3 ballot asking voters to approve a five-year extension of a $790,000 per year revenue cap increase. The current revenue cap increase, which Barron area residents approved five years ago, is set to expire June 30. - Rice Lake Chronotype

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• Letters to the editor • Fiction writer I was unable to attend Congressman Duffy’s town hall meeting in Dresser last week. It was called on rather short notice, and I chose not to make the drive late in the day at a time when the last two deer in the state might be waiting in ambush. A friend directed me to an article in the Osceola Sun on Duffy’s gathering authored by Jason DeMoe. It was well-written, concise and to the point. I have since read the article two more times and cannot find the slightest hint as to the political views that DeMoe might hold. He did a fair and fine job of simply reporting what was said and not attempting in any way to lead his readers to any particular political conclusion. Great work, DeMoe. Then the Inter-County Leader arrived in the mail. The article covering the same meeting was written by Greg Marsten. Marsten commented several times that Duffy “railed” about this or that. That he “punted and seemed confused” on a question. He “loosely referenced several specific crowd concerns.” He had “mixed messages.” He “regressed to the same pattern - throughout his presentation.” The “congressman seemed mildly uncomfortable” with certain comments from the crowd. Marsten even took it upon himself to insert a short paragraph of his own commentary about what the congressman might have discussed to clarify a matter that must have been confusing to Marsten. I frankly don’t give a rip about Marsten’s political views. His far-left socialist views are well-known to those of us who have known him for a while. His leftwing anti-capitalist venom is all over his Facebook page. Leave it there. When it comes to news reporting, he might be well-advised to follow the example of DeMoe at the Osceola Sun rather than the inane politically slanted mumblings of “Angry Bob” Zank of the Amery Free Press. Just write the story. Report what was asked and the answers given. Allow the reader to form whatever opinions and conclusions they wish based on an accurate reporting of the facts rather than attempting to shape that opinion with political spin woven into what should only be a news story. Shame! At least I now know why Marsten refers to himself on his Facebook page as a “freelance writer.” Perhaps “freelance fiction writer” might be more accurate. But to refer to himself as a reporter—well, that would just be a lie. Bob Blake Rural Frederic

The facts We’ve all heard the numerous claims from union executives and members saying that Walker is against the working class. Let’s look at the facts. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s median individual income for 2009 was $39,718, while the median wage for state employees was $45,599, according to an analysis of data provided by the Department of Administration. When benefits are included, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reports the average state employee total compensation in 2008 was valued at $71,000. We know that not all state employees earn that much because, after all, this is a median figure. However, the average taxpayer is earning less with fewer benefits. These same state union employees are now being asked to contribute 5 percent of their pensions and 12 percent to their health insurance premiums. These measures alone save the state tens of millions of dollars. I just can’t believe that asking for these contributions is excessive. Perhaps, in truth, Gov. Walker is looking out for the worker who is making less with fewer and less extravagant benefits but is expected to pay for the higher salary and better benefits of the state workers. That doesn’t sound like he’s against the working class. If anything, he’s looking out for them. The unions have lost the most important thing to them – power. They will do

anything to put Walker out of office. They are certainly not concerned about the cost to the taxpayers for their outrageous recall(s). Wisconsin taxpayers have already spent $2 million on recall elections this year because of these unions and the next round of recalls could cost more than $10 million. They get their revenge and the taxpayer foots the bill. Now, that’s really looking out for the worker, isn’t it? Bill Ellis Siren

Assessing Walker’s performance It’s time for an initial assessment of Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill. Now remember, we were told over and over by the protesters in Madison this bill was bad for our school districts. Let’s see how some of the districts that did not sign contracts prior to the bill going into effect are doing: • Ashland – saved $378,000 through competition among health insurance providers. • Baraboo – switched insurance providers in order to save $660,000/year. • Edgerton – anticipates savings of $500,000. • Elmbrook – estimates savings at $878,000. • Fond du Lac – will save enough to offset a $4.4 million shortfall. • Kaukauna – plans on hiring more teachers, reducing class sizes and introducing merit pay. • Kimberly – saved $821,000 by changing insurance carriers. • St. Croix Falls – saved $500,000/year by changing insurance carriers. The list goes on ... Does anyone find it odd that the union insurance companies felt it was OK to overcharge Wisconsin school districts by millions of dollars every year? In one district alone, the WEAC insurance company was able to match the competitor’s bid saving the district over $3 million a year. How can that be? I’d like to see a formal investigation launched so Wisconsin taxpayers can understand how this could happen. Where did all that money go? Certainly not to pay health-care costs or support wellness programs. Let’s see how some of that money paid to the union and its affiliates is being used. In the recent senate recall election, WEAC and its affiliates directed almost $900,000 against Republican senators. So if you’re a teacher, the union automatically assumes you are supporting Democratic candidates and some of your union dues are allocated to those candidates you have no choice in the matter. No more! Public sector employees including teachers now have the choice to pay union dues or not. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the WEAC Executive Director Dan Burkhalter recently announced that layoff notices have been issued to 40 percent of the unions’ staff. He blamed the layoffs and other union budget cuts on Walker’s unionbusting legislation. Do you think the layoff notices are perhaps an indication of an anticipated drop in union membership? Note – Burkhalter’s $242,000 annual compensation package is paid from the forced union dues from Wisconsin teachers. I was at a town hall meeting where Congressman Sean Duffy was chastised about his salary. Why is it no one seems to care what the unions are paying their executives? The same people who initiated the Senate recalls are now focused on recalling Walker. I don’t get it – we go through the election process, Walker wins – he’s only been in office one year – during that time he’s balanced our state budget, paid our debts to other states, helped create more private sector jobs in Wisconsin than any other state, provided our school districts with health-care options that have saved millions of dollars and opened the doors of Wisconsin to new businesses. Do you really want to go back to the “way it was”? Isn’t that what our election process is about? Have we really gotten to the point where every time a politician does something you don’t like we need to organize a

recall election? The reality here in Wisconsin is our elected officials now need to spend most of their time soliciting money to fund election campaigns and recall campaigns – I say, let the people we elected during the normal election process do their jobs, and if at the end of their term you don’t like what they’ve accomplished then vote them out! Sharon Kelly St. Croix Falls

Shame on you Shame, shame, shame to all who signed the recall petition or had any part of it. Tuesday, Jan. 17, was a very sad day for the state of Wisconsin. The $9 million or more cost to the state for a perhaps forced re-election of our Gov. Scott Walker and the others being recalled surely is needed or can be used elsewhere. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what the people involved with promoting a recall have against Wisconsin operating with a balanced budget and not being pushed around by unions. Carol J. Makosky Webster

Newfound concern I wish to commend Sen. Harsdorf for her newfound concern for the taxpayer on recall election costs. It is too bad she didn’t show this concern when she doubled the cost to the public of her own recall election by supporting the filing of one of her Republican cohorts as a fake Democrat thereby forcing an unneeded primary election last summer. Eiler Ravnholt Luck

Does Obama lie? To the person who wrote in that Obama has never lied and other misinformed individuals, Obama is an outright liar. Fact: He stated that due to his ObamaCare, no one in would lose their health insurance coverage. Ask the employees of 3M and other companies that will no longer subsidize health care due to ObamaCare taxing the coverage. Fact: Obama stated that ObamaCare will not cost the taxpayer one red cent. The GAO reported ObamaCare will cost the taxpayer $2.1 billion a year. Fact: Obama stated that ObamaCare will be paid for by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. If the insurance and pharmaceutical companies pay for ObamaCare, the consumer will end up paying in higher premiums and higher drug costs. Fact: The Democratic stimulus package will put everyone back to work. The stimulus package was a welfare check to the states. The package also included congressional and Senate aides stimulus checks averaging $7,600 per person. The money is gone, and the people are back on the unemployment lines. Fact: Obama states the Republican Congress will not work with him in a bipartisan effort. Obama continues to veto any Republican-sponsored bill. He is the biggest stumbling block to achieving bipartisanship. Fact: Obama stated that the Congress refuses to support job creation bills. There are over 15 bills awaiting the Democratic-controlled senate approval. They have been shelved by the Democrats. Fact: Last month, Obama promised to sign the TransCanada pipe line agreement in exchange for his tax reduction bill. Congress agreed. Just last night, Obama stated he didn’t want to be rushed into signing the Republican agreement. He has had the bill for a month. Why did his stimulus bill and ObamaCare need to be signed as quickly as possible, but Republican bills need to be scrutinized for months or just plain canceled? Fact: Obama stated that Medicare benefits would not be affected by the Demo-

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cratic ObamaCare legislation. Medicare comes under Democratic attack daily. Does anyone remember the mammogram, PSA test, colonoscopy and other cuts? This morning’s news stated that the bone density test for females over 60 is now under attack. Why do the Democrats hate the retirees? The Democrats also canceled the cost of living for two years for Social Security recipients when this is supposed to be reviewed each year by law. I believe it was Mark Twain who said, “The only time you know a politician is lying is if his lips are moving.” Obama is the epitome of a liar. Dave Wilhelmy Siren

Keeping campaign promises What in the world is wrong with the Democratic people in this state? Gov. Scott Walker was elected because of what he campaigned to do. He has been working diligently to fulfill his campaign promises. The people who voted for him are ecstatic. Why should he be recalled? A candidate has done what he said he was going to do when elected. Rejoice. Democrats, get your head out of that dark, dank place that you have it stuck in. Our state is in far better condition than when Walker took office. Quit trying to disillusion the public with your foolish, inaccurate and out-of-context rhetoric. Many other state governors have seen the results of what Walker has done and intend to follow suit. They would not be doing that, if it was not a good thing that Walker has done for Wisconsin. On Wisconsin! On Walker! Recalls are costing the state a lot of unnecessary expense. Recalls should be for a candidate who has done something immoral or illegal in office. Recall shouldn’t be because you can not have your way. Majority rules! Settle for the election results and get on with your life. We, the people, put Walker in office and he will continue with his promise to get Wisconsin back on track. Didn’t you see the mistake you made trying to recall Sheila Harsdorf, the taxpayer money you wasted? No one is drinking your KoolAid. You will not take Walker out of office any more than you succeeded with Harsdorf. We want change in the right direction, and Walker is making it happen. We all have to take our belts in a little right now, until the economy picks up. You can not take God from this country, either. Christian people will not allow that to happen. Christian people are still the majority, regardless of what the media tries to tell the world. This is a Christian nation, built on Christian principals, one nation under God. E. Claire Petersen Town of Luck

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• Letters to the editor • Democracy isn’t free

I hope those who have been critical of the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker take a hard look at the number of petitions that were submitted to the Government Accountability Board in Madison last week: 152,000 pages containing the signatures of more than a million Wisconsin voters. That’s 185 percent of the required number and the equivalent of 46 percent of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. In the Declaration of Independence, our founders wrote that governments derive


the last several weeks, I have heard from many people with concerns about changes to the Wisconsin Retirement System or the Employee Trust Fund. I would like to clear up a few of the misconceptions and correct some of the misinformation regarding a study that was included in the budget. Contrary to some of the rumors I have heard, there are no proposals to privatize the WRS or ETF. There was a provision in the budget that called for a study to be done of the ETF. The study is to take a look at two things; one, establishing a defined contribution plan as an option for

Congress should serve the people – not their portfolios A few months ago, Breitbart News editor and author Peter Schweizer published a book titled “Throw Them All Out” which suggested that members of Congress were using their influence and access in the legislative process to fatten their investment portfolios. A “60 Minutes“ piece followed which brought the issue to national attention and rightfully caused Americans to wonder: “Is my representative using the power I’ve entrusted in him for personal gains in the stock market?” As one of the 87 new freshman who were sent to Washington to clean up the mess, I think we owe it to the American people – to clean up the mess. And that includes the reputation and perception that members of Congress operate above the law. Congress ought to hold itself to a

their just powers from the consent of the governed. As a means of withdrawing that consent, the citizens of Wisconsin are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Section 12 of Article XIII of the Wisconsin Constitution. Adopted in 1926, this section ends with the following words: “Laws may be enacted to facilitate its operation but no law shall be enacted to hamper, restrict or impair the right of recall.” The right of recall has been used sparingly in the past, and I trust the same will hold true in the future. But in the present, we are saddled with a governor who is

quite obviously serving not the people who elected him, but corporate interests as represented by the Koch Brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council. (Not familiar with ALEC? Check out In Wisconsin, if the motor vehicle you buy or lease turns out to be a “lemon,” the manufacturer has to replace it free or refund the price. Our right to recall a sitting governor is really nothing more than a “lemon law” for politicians – a form of consumer protection from politicians whose behavior in office doesn’t match their campaign rhetoric.

Most of us accept the logic of the popular saying that freedom isn’t free. Well, democracy isn’t free, either, and recalls have their cost. But if we want to exercise our constitutional right to evict a governor who at least a million Wisconsin voters believe to be unfit for office, we must be willing to bear the cost of a recall election. Jeff Peterson, Chair Polk County Democratic Party Luck

the study comes directly from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau summary of the budget. The study is about providing additional options for employees. There are people who would prefer a defined contribution plan as an option for their retirement, and this study will look into the feasibility of providing that option. The study does not say that this will be mandatory. Additionally, I heard from many people who felt it was unfair that they couldn’t opt out of making the employee-required contribution. This study will look into the feasibility of pro-

viding that option to employees who would also have full knowledge of the limits attached to choosing not to make those contributions. This study was included in the budget for the purpose of providing options to state employees, not to mandate any changes to the Employee Trust Fund. If you have any additional questions regarding this study, please contact me by phone toll-free at 888-529-0028 or e-mail me at

higher standard. In this instance, the highest standard is one that removes any doubt of insider trading. That is why I recently introduced the Restoring Ethical Standards, Transparency and Responsibility in Congressional Trading Act, which requires all members of Congress and their senior staff to either move their assets into a blind trust or disclose any transaction within three days. To be clear, I’m not directly aware of members of Congress profiting from insider information. But even if the problem isn’t rampant, doesn’t it make sense to remove any doubt of abuse?

The RESTRICT Act is the only way to stop any real or perceived insider trading by members of Congress. Other members of Congress have introduced similar pieces of legislation such as the Stock Act, which requires members to disclose $1,000 trades within 90 days. While I commend their efforts, the truth is that the Stock Act doesn’t go far enough and, frankly, has loopholes you can drive a truck through. For example, under the Stock Act, a member of Congress could trade $50,000 in one day in 50 trades at $950 a trade and never trigger the reporting requirement. In contrast, the RESTRICT Act is simple and straightforward. A refreshing change for a Congress accustomed to huge bills with carve-outs and loopholes to avoid the very practice the bill was intended to prevent. When discussing the RESTRICT Act, Schweizer recently said, “The RESTRICT Act is by far the best way to start addressing the problems of insider trading in

Congress. It provides a simple, transparent and direct approach that will help the American people hold their elected leaders more accountable.” It’s time Congress led with the transparency and accountability worthy of our office. In an age of dysfunctional government and growing public cynicism, The RESTRICT Act is one of those rare bills that can help restore confidence in government and unite commonsense Americans on both sides of the aisles. What citizen doesn’t want to limit corruption and make sure Congress is working in the best interest of the people who elected them? Let’s work together to restore high ethical standards in Congress – please share this column with your friends today. Help me spread the word about how we can go all the way to end Congressional insider trading by passing the Restrict Act.

Street. Superior Police are still searching for the gunman. “We can’t let gun violence go unchallenged,” said the Rev. Patrick Ziems of Zion Lutheran Church. “I never want to stop being hopeful, but Wisconsin just passed a conceal and carry law that will put thousands more guns on the street,” said Ziems of his mounting concerns. Kristina Lampi, who was

Cooper’s fiancee, expressed her appreciation for the vigil and set up a sidewalk shrine, complete with candles and photos of her late love. “It means a lot to me,” she said of Sunday’s gathering. “It shows how strong one community can be.” After several prayers, balloons were distributed to vigil participants, who released them in unison, with Lampi saying: “We love you,


Severson 28th District Assembly participating employees and two, permitting employees to not make employee-required contributions and limiting retirement benefits for employees who do not make employee-required contributions to a money purchase annuity. The language for those two aspects of


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• Area news at a glance • Prayer vigil held for shooting victim SUPERIOR – A few dozen people attended a prayer vigil Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, in Superior at the site of a fatal shooting to pay their respects to the victim, Toriano Dawen “Snap” Cooper, and to draw attention to the issue of gun crime. Cooper, 35, died Jan. 15 after he was shot twice outside a home on 12th

Toriano.” Lampi said she has been overwhelmed by the response of her community to Cooper’s death. “He touched so many hearts,” she said. “He was an amazing man whose life was tragically taken from us.” - Superior Telegram

Rep. Rivard: “Rural Jobs Act works”

Law led to the creation of 600 private sector jobs in Superior

RICE LAKE — Rep. Roger Rivard, RRice Lake, has helped create 600 new private sector jobs in Superior through legislation he authored early last year. “I was elected to find commonsense solutions to help create jobs, and I’m thrilled that our efforts are starting to pay off,”

said Rivard. “The Rural Jobs Act is going to continue to help rural Wisconsin get back on its feet and help people find family supporting jobs.” The Rural Jobs Act was signed into law last June. It created eight additional enterprise zones, designating five of them to be in rural areas. The enterprise zones are an extremely effective tool that the state can use to help create, retain or grow jobs. Though the program existed before Rivard’s legislation, the focus was always on

major metropolitan areas within the state. Thanks to the passage of Rivard’s Rural Jobs Act, the state is now spending more time focusing on job creation in northern Wisconsin and local businesses now have the means to make an impact on job creation. “Things are slowly changing for the rural areas of this state,” said Rivard. “We have great, hardworking people in northern Wisconsin, and by focusing our job creation there we can help create a bal-

anced, healthy state economy.” “I will continue to work with individuals on both sides of the aisle to find the best way forward for Wisconsin,” said Rivard. “I look forward to the upcoming spring session and finding new ways to improve the lives of Wisconsinites.” - from the office of Rep. Rivard

Judge delays decision on Voter ID Law until March at earliest

by Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio MADISON - A Dane County judge has delayed any decisions in a lawsuit against Wisconsin’s new voter ID law until March at the earliest. The League of Women Voters lawsuit hinges completely on a reading of Wisconsin’s state Constitution, which spells out protections for voting rights. It also spells out two groups the state can block from voting—convicted felons and people a

court finds incompetent. The league argues that Wisconsin’s new voter ID law goes beyond that by creating a new class of disenfranchised voters— people who can’t vote because they don’t have a state-issued photo ID. Attorney Susan Crawford told a judge Thursday, Jan. 19, that the law violated every voter’s rights, whether they have that ID or not, “It cannot be imposed on some voters who have IDs but not be imposed on other voters who don’t, similar to the way that a poll tax cannot be charged on some

voters who have income and not be applied to other voters who don’t.” But a lawyer for Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s elections agency contends that the league can’t bring this lawsuit because it can’t show it’s personally harmed. The person listed on the suit is Melanie Ramey, the president of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters. Attorney Clayton Kawski says Ramey can’t prove this law would keep her from voting, “She hasn’t shown that she’s going to be directly impacted by it because she hasn’t made any allegation

in the complaint that she lacks a required ID.” Kawski wanted Judge Richard Niess to dismiss this lawsuit on those grounds, but Niess has taken no action yet. He also declined to rule on the case itself until after another hearing in March. Crawford says that may prompt the league to ask for a temporary restraining order, blocking the voter ID law from taking effect before the Tuesday, Feb. 21, primary election. • Connect to your community


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(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CITIFINANCIAL, INC. Plaintiff vs. ALLEN J. WYMAN, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 341 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 17, 2010, in the amount of $90,535.26, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Part of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: Commencing at a stake where the South right-of-way line of Vincent Lake Lane intersects with the East right-of-way line of County Trunk Highway I, thence Southerly on said East rightof-way line a distance of 907 feet; thence due East to the West right-of-way line of Vincent Lake Lane; thence Northerly and Westerly following the right-of-way line of Vincent Lake Lane to the point of beginning. AND Lot 3 of Glenna Lake Vincent Plat No. 1, being a part of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 9, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 973973A Vincent Lake Lane, Luck, WI 54853. TAX KEY NO.: Tax Key No. 1: 026-00333-0000 & Tax Key No. 2: 026-01443-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280643


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Donald E. Malum, 88, Amery, died Jan. 5, 2012. Berdean R. Shinnan, 76, Amery, died Jan. 7, 2012. JoAnn Swanson, 71, Town of Lincoln, died Jan. 7, 2012.

(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Horace Blair Klein Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12-PR-03 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth October 5, 1938, and date of death December 18, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1674 State Rd. 87, St. Croix Falls, WI 54024. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 16, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, 1005 W. Main St., Balsam Lake, WI 54810, Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 6, 2012 Todd H. Anderson Attorney at Law P.O. Box 507 Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-463-5365 Bar Number: 1012132

(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. KRAIG LOISELLE, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 950 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 5, 2011, in the amount of $85,131.32 the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lots 20 and 21, Block 52, First Addition to the City of St. Croix Falls, according to the Official Plat thereof on file and of record in the office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, Wisconsin, said lots being a part of Government Lot 3 of Section 19, Township 34 North, of Range 18 West, City of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 438 North Washington Street, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. TAX KEY NO.: 281-00070-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Scott D. Nabke State Bar #1037979 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behallf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280626

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Jessica L. Garbow, Sandstone, Minn., failure to fines, Jan. 17. Armand D. Lucas, Jr., Solon Springs, failure to

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(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY THE RIVERBANK, Plaintiff, vs. JOSEPH R. THOEN and CECILE A. THOEN, Defendants. Case No. 10 CV 741 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to an Amended Order for Judgment and Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the aboveentitled action on February 1, 2011, in the amount of $101,639.65, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: The South onehalf of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter and the South 15 feet of the North one-half of Southeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter, all located in Section 15, Township 35 North of Range 18 West, Town of Eureka, Polk County, Wisconsin. PIN: 020-00373-0001 STREET ADDRESS: 2023 210th Avenue, Centuria, WI 54824. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., this 6th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

fines, Jan. 17. Shannon R. Stevens, 35, Grantsburg, warrant - failure to appear, Jan. 18.

(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. DAVID E. MAGSAM, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 24 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 4, 2011, in the amount of $155,477.31, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Lot 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 2513, recorded in Volume 12 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 1, as Document No. 571169, located in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 32 North, Range 17 West, in the Town of Alden, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1484 20th Avenue, Star Prairie, WI 54026. TAX KEY NO.: 002-00689-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280698

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Ariel J. Schanon, Amery, and Matthew D. Humpal, Amery, issued Jan. 19, 2012. Cheryl F. Coy, Milltown, and Nicklus F. Carnes, Milltown, issued Jan. 19, 2012.

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(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. CHARLES S. BITTORF, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 10 CV 654 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on January 6, 2011, in the amount of $231,171.53, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: Government Lot 6 and those parts of Government Lot 10, the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, and the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, which lie North and West of the abandoned railroad right of way now owned by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Transportation, all in Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Town of Clayton, Polk County, Wisconsin. EXCEPT Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map Number 3739, recorded in Volume 17 of Certified Survey Maps, page 2, as Document Number 633843, located in part of Government Lot 10, Section 18, Township 33 North, Range 15 West, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 571 90th Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 016-00409-0000, 016-00404-0000, 016-004150000 & 016-00417-0100. Dated this 15th day of November, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Russell J. Karnes State Bar #1054982 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 279927

Jan. 19: Robert S. Davis, 50, Danbury, was cited for speeding. Jan. 19: Joshua Janssen, 24, Kulm, N.D., was arrested for OWI.

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Jan. 1: Jeffrey J. Fallstrom, 51, Grantsburg, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. Jan. 3: Cynthia A. Blaker, Siren, reported garage-door damage. Jan. 9: Jennifer L. Tober, 30, Grantsburg, was backing out of a parking space in a parking lot in Siren Village when she hit a vehicle owned by Jennifer Bybee, Webster. There were no reported injuries. Jan. 12: Katy L. Kelley, 21, Webster, was cited for operating after suspension. Jan. 13: Hans W. Dahlberg, 19, Siren, was cited for transporting intoxicants.

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TOWN OF ST. CROIX FALLS Polk County, Wisconsin PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF HEARING February 8, 2012 The Town of St. Croix Falls Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at the Town Hall at 1305 200th Street & U.S. Hwy. 8, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Written evidence, testimony or comments, if any, must be delivered in person or by mail to the Town Hall. Eric Gardner requests to obtain a Special Exception to operate a retail store in the Commercial District. The address of the proposed use is 1978 U.S. Hwy. 8, and the property is located in Section 35, T34N, R 18W. The current parcel identification number is 044-00982-0000. Jim Alt, Zoning Administrator 553407 23-24L WNAXLP


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(Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FRANDSEN BANK AND TRUST, f/k/a RURAL AMERICAN BANKLUCK, Plaintiff, vs. GENE P. HENRIKSEN, Defendant. Case No. 11 CV 414 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of and pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-entitled action on August 10, 2011, in the amount of $125,448.16, I will sell the described premises at public auction at the Main Front Entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, in the Village of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 10 o’clock a.m., TERMS OF SALE: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeiture of deposit plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. DESCRIPTION: Lot 7, Fred Petersen’s Addition to the Village of Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, located in the NE1/4 of the SW1/4, Section 28, Township 36 North, Range 17 West. PIN: 146-00044-0000. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 211 E. 3rd Avenue, Luck, WI 54853. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, this 12th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Sheriff Polk County, Wisconsin Steven J. Swanson No. 1003029 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 609 105 South Washington Street St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 715-483-3787

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GARAGE SALE Saturday, January 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Frederic Elementary School • FOLLOW SIGNS •


Drop Off Any Items Until Jan. 26 At… • Village Hall, 107 Hope Rd. W., Frederic, WI • Village Shop, 305 Traffic Can’t Dro Ave. N, Frederic, WI p Off Your On Jan. 27 Items? W e • Frederic Elementary Pick The Will m Up! School Just Call ! For Info, Call Denise Nelson, 715-653-2620, 715-220-2105

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If you are thinking of buying or selling, give us a call. Free Market Analysis (Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. JASON F. GOUKER, et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case Number: 11 CV 204 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 30, 2011, in the amount of $97,956.94, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 15, 2012, at 10 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: The South 443 feet of the West 443 feet of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4, Section 7, Township 32 North, Range 15 West, Town of Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 434A 55th Street, Clear Lake, WI 54005. TAX KEY NO.: 018-00143-0000. Dated this 21st day of December, 2011 Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 281057

(Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. BENITO M. BENITEZ, et al. Defendant(s) Case Number: 11 CV 319 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on August 8, 2011, in the amount of $198,477.40, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 14, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center at 1005 W. Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. DESCRIPTION: The East 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 23, Township 34 North, Range 16 West, in the Town of Apple River, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 728A 143rd Ave., Amery, WI 54001. TAX KEY NO.: 004-00643-0000. Dated this 7th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Dustin A. McMahon State Bar #1086857 Blommer Peterman, S.C. 165 Bishops Way, Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-790-5719 Please go to to obtain the bid for this sale. Blommer Peterman, S.C., is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for the purpose. 280774

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PD support group meets Jan. 26 GRANTSBURG - Medications for Parkinson’s disease will be discussed at the next meeting of the Burnett County Parkinson’s support group, to be held at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. Lucas Bowe, pharmacist from Wood River Pharmacy, will be present to answer questions regarding Parkinson’s medications The group meets on the last Thursday of each month, alternating between the medical center in Grantsburg and the new library in Webster. Caregivers or significant others are also very welcome. This month’s meeting will take place in the Wood Lake conference room on the main floor of the medical center. For further info call Pat at 715-689-2163. - submitted


Timothy Wikerson, Osceola, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Cheryl Winter, Faribault, Minn., speeding, $175.30. Riley Wold, New Richmond, operating while suspended, $200.50; seat belt violation, $10.00. Tyler Zacharis, Luck, disorderly conduct, $263.50.

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Steven Vold, Centuria, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Bailey Weber, Star Prairie, seat belt violation, $10.00. Catherine Weiss, Clear Lake, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Amanda Whitebird, Balsam Lake, possess drug paraphernalia, $175.30; disorderly conduct, $269.50; nonregistration of auto, $269.50.

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Richard Swanson, Cumberland, speeding, $175.30. Lucas Thompson, Milltown, disorderly conduct, $269.50; possess drug paraphernalia, $269.50. Jan Tietyen, Amery, speeding, $175.30. United Ag Services LLC, Almena, vehicle equipment violations, $175.30. Kim Valleen, St. Croix Falls, seat belt violation, $10.00.

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Christopher Skow, Milltown, disorderly conduct, $263.50. Cory Stanhope, Osceola, seat belt violation, $10.00. Randy Stone, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Katrina Sullivan, Frederic, speeding, $175.30.

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Chalane Kirchoff, Osceola, speeding, $200.50. Ashley Kunze, Star Prairie, seat belt violation, $10.00; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $200.50. Travis Lee, Star Prairie, seat belt violation, $10.00. Corrita Lewis, Coon Rapids, Minn., speeding, $175.30. George Lindberg, So. St. Paul, Minn., seat belt violation, $10.00. Brody Lissick-Bibeau, Turtle Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Cheryl Longhenry, Balsam Lake, disorderly conduct, $269.50. Clifton Louis, Denver, Colo., speeding, $175.30. Justin Luppo, Luck, disorderly conduct, $263.50 twice. Jonathan Mewes, Clayton, speeding, $175.30; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Andrew Nystrom, Centuria, operating while suspended, $200.50. Evan Olson, Mound, Minn., fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Ross Paulson, Clear Lake, seat belt violation, $10.00. Amy Pennington, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $175.30. Matthew Pennington, Luck, possess drug paraphernalia, $263.50. Mary Ann Peterson-Ziemer, Osceola, operating while suspended, $200.50. Christopher Prondzinski, Amery, speeding, $175.30. Danielle Reindahl, Clear Lake, speeding, $175.30. Issa Rimone, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, speeding, $183.30. Timothy Robelia, New Richmond, speeding, $200.50. John Rusnak, Milltown, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. David Sager, Ham Lake, Minn., failure to keep vehicle under control, not guilty plea.


Tyler Anderson, Luck, possess drug paraphernalia, $263.50 Debora Benson, Webster, seat belt violation, $10.00. Carly Carlson, Osceola, speeding, $175.30. Jessica Collins, Amery, seat belt violation, $10.00. Cormican Trucking Logging LLP, Glenwood City, violate class A hwy. weight limits, not guilty plea. Courtney Corrente, Emerald, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00 Thomas Degner, Shell Lake, operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00; speeding, $175.30. Ryan Deming, Amery, violation of child safety restraint requirements, $150.10. Tesa Denver, Osceola, nonregistration of auto, $175.30 twice. Austin Dittel-Miller, Somerset, speeding, $250.90. Kyle Faust, St. Paul, Minn., speeding, $200.50. Tyler Freer, Hudson, disorderly operation of a vehicle, $187.90. Helen Gartmann, Hudson, speeding, $175.30. Cassandra Gramer, Deer Park, operating while suspended, $200.50; operating motor vehicle w/o proof of insurance, $10.00. Julie Gray, St. Croix Falls, speeding, $200.50. John Haberkorn, Cumberland, seat belt violation, $10.00. Charles Hansen, Dresser, seat belt violation, $10.00. Marcus Hibbard, St. Croix Falls, nonregistration of auto, $175.30; operating motor vehicle w/o insurance, $200.50. Charles Hoppe, Amery, fail/stop at stop sign, $175.30. Robert Johnson, Bloomington, Minn., speeding, not guilty plea. Shad Kindt, Houlton, disorderly conduct, $263.50.




Saints wrestlers eyeing a conference crown

Send six to the finals at 40th-annual St. Croix Classic St. Croix Falls 39, Clear Lake 30

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer CLEAR LAKE – Four seasons ago, the Saints wrestling team competed in the sectional finals and their success over the past week has all the signs of another possible run in the postseason. Last Thursday, Jan. 19, the Saints battled Clear Lake – a team that has battled the Saints for the top spot in the conference for the past decade or more. “Since we’ve joined this conference, we’ve won it seven, and they’ve won it five,” said Saints coach Dan Clark, and Thursday’s dual was similar to what happened last year, when the win was decided in the final match. Clear Lake won that dual last season, but last week the Saints came out on top, thanks to an exciting finish between Saints junior James Klassen and Clear Lake’s Alex Colbeth at 126 pounds. Colbeth had defeated Klassen last season but the two hadn’t met up since. The Saints were faced with a mustwin situation as they were clinging to a 33-30 lead. Even if Clear Lake were to tie the match at 33, they were leading the tiebreaker as they had more pins than the Saints. Klassen was actually losing the match 6-

Ryan Johnson of St. Croix Falls earned a pin in this match at 285 pounds.

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Saints senior Nolan O’Brien won this match in overtime against Josh Andrews of Boyceville at the 40th-annual St. Croix Falls Interstate Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21. O’Brien is just one piece of the Saints successful season as a team this year. – Photos by Marty Seeger 4, but as Clark pointed out, “Colbeth got ally exciting.” too high, and James sucked him under With the win, the Saints guaranteed at and he got a defensive pin. It was pretty least a share of the conference title, but can sweet. The gym was full and it kind of re- claim it outright with a dual win at Unity minded me of the duals of old, with two this Thursday, Jan. 26. full teams and two good teams. It was reAlthough Clear Lake has been battling injury all season long, Clark said he and his coaches knew they’d be full strength, with a conference title on the line, and they were. And even though the dual was decided in the final match that evening, Clark said the entire team contributed in

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Saint Drew Wheeler took second place at the St. Croix Falls tournament last weekend.

Saints senior Jake Rademacher had four pins on his way to a first-place victory.

Grant Simpson took second place at 145 pounds last Saturday, Jan. 21

••• LEADER LAND – The Prairie Farm at Unity girls basketball game can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. The St. Croix Falls at Unity girls and boys basketball games on Friday, Jan. 27, can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 6 p.m. The Luck at Turtle Lake boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 31, can be heard on 104.9 FM beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Amery at Durand girls and boys basketball games can be heard on 1260 AM on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Amery at Ellsworth boys basketball game is being broadcast on 1260 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Indiana at Wisconsin men’s college basketball game can be heard on 1260 AM on Thursday, Jan. 26, beginnin at 7 p.m. The men’s college hockey game between Wisconsin and North Dakota is on 1260 AM beginning at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 28. ••• Correction: In the the Jan. 18 issue of the InterCounty Leader, the article beginning Blizzard come from behind over North Branch, had a naming error. The boarding infraction was not committed by Dakota Linke. Instead the infraction was committed by Bryce Ryan. The name mixup was a result of a mistake on scoresheets that are submitted each week. ••• LEADER LAND – Leader Sports strives to follow the college careers of area athletes. If you know of an athlete playing collegiate sports in 2012 who hasn’t been mentioned, send us an email or call and we’ll take it from there. – Marty Seeger ••• LEADER LAND – Local sports tidbits to share? Please contact the Leader by 4:30 p.m. on Mondays to go in Extra Points. – Marty Seeger

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Brent Johnson takes first at St. Croix Falls Classic LFG places two in the finals, while two others take third

The LFG wrestling team will be hosting Clear Lake at Luck on Thursday, Jan. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. The conference wrestling match will be held in Cameron on Saturday, Feb. 4.

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Of the dozen teams competing at the St. Croix Falls Interstate Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21, the Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg wrestling team took seventh place. Senior Brent Johnson, who wrestled at 132 pounds, was the team’s lone champion. According to coach Chris Bartlett, Johnson was battling illness all week but stuck it out and wrestled well. “He is being aggressive and he takes control of the matches,” said Bartlett. Johnson won his first match of the tournament by a pin in three minutes, 26 seconds, and won the next two by 15-0, and 17-1 tech fall. He then defeated Dominic Olson of Boyceville in the semifinals by a close 8-7 decision, before winning the championship over Cory Messer of Princeton, Minn., 8-4. “It was a tough tournament. It was nice to see a lot of the kids we hadn’t seen this year. We also were able to see a couple of

LFG 57, Turtle Lake/Clayton 12 TURTLE LAKE – The Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg wrestling team dominated a dual match against Turtle Lake/Clayton on Thursday, Jan. 19, earning four pins along the way and filling nearly all 14 weight classes. “We had 13 weight classes filled and that is the most we have had all year. The kids wrestled very well,” said LFG coach Chris Bartlett. Those earning pins on the night included Tristan Brewer at 113 pounds. Brewer pinned Aaron Johnson in three minutes, 23 seconds. At 138, Tim Lund earned a pin in 1:08, and Josh Glover pinned his opponent in 4:31. Joe Christensen got his pin at 182 in 5:15. Bartlett said Evan Ryan had a solid match at 126, with his 6-2 win over Brock Lien. Alex Richey also had a decisive 12-6 victory over Kollin Horn at 170, and Nick Britton defeated Zach Johnson at 195, by a 13-6 decision.

Brent Johnson was the champion at 132 pounds for LFG.

LFG wrestler Tristan Brewer finished second at 120 pounds at the St. Croix Falls Interstate Wrestling Classic held on Saturday, Jan. 21. – Photos by Marty Seeger schools that will be at our regional. Told took eighth at 152 and 160 respectively. us where we need to improve at. The kids Bartlett noted that Branville had one of were pretty banged up the next day. That the toughest weight classes of the day, is a sign of a good tournament,” said which included four state qualifiers and Bartlett. two undefeated wrestlers. At 126, Evan Ryan also made it into the Ray Kurkowski took ninth place at 138, finals match after receiving a bye in the and Jared Lund also took ninth at 106. first round and winning by a 15-2 major Both wrestlers went 3-2 on the day. decision in round three. He won a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinal and defeated Trevor Ackman of Spencer Columbus Catholic in the semifinals by a 4-2 decision. He lost in the finals to Connor Friese of Amery, 8-0. Just missing the finals in third place were Trevor Brewer at 120 and Joe Christensen at 182. Brewer’s only loss on the day came by a 7-6 decision, in which he was leading 6-1 at one point. His opponent, Logan Kass of Benilde St. Margaret’s, became the eventual champion. Christensen also went 4-1 on the day and lost to the eventual champion. Others placing at the tournament included Alex Richey’s fourth-place finish at 170. “He had a good day. He has his own style and he has been ending up in the right spots at the right time,” Bartlett said. At 145, freshman Tony Britton placed fifth and went 3-2 on the day. Nick Britton also took fifth and went 3-2 at 195. Ryan Alex Richey rolls an opponent to try and go for the pin last Saturday, Jan. 21, at 170 pounds. Strenke took seventh overall at 285, and Josh Glover and Colton Branville each

Saints wrestling/continued “This year it seems like everybody is contributing and it’s just kind of a different team,” said Clark. On Thursday, Drew Wheeler sacrificed a considerable amount of weight when he moved up from 103 to 119, and still handled his opponent easily, which gave the Saints a nice lift during the dual. At 220, Nolan O’Brien even stepped up despite losing his match 4-3. Clark said O’Brien was wrestling a quality opponent and they were hoping to get through it without being pinned, but O’Brien nearly beat him. O’Brien, who is a senior this season, didn’t actually start wrestling until his sophomore year, and was the team cameraman prior to that. After a lackluster season last year, O’Brien put time in the weight room in the off-season, went to a couple of wrestling camps and currently posts a 20-13 record. “He’s really coming into his own now, and I’m expecting and hoping he can carry that into regionals and sectionals,” Clark said. Along with O’Brien, Clark felt that Eric Segelstrom also had a solid night of wrestling, but overall, it was the team aspect that helped carry the Saints to victory.

Saints win home tourney on 40th anniversary ST. CROIX FALLS – After an uplifting victory over Clear Lake two days earlier, St. Croix Falls wrestlers carried that momentum to a fitting first-place victory at their 40th-annual St. Croix Falls Interstate Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21. Six Saints wrestlers earned a spot in the finals match, and three of those six earned

Ryan Nussbaum took first place at the St. Croix Fall Wrestling Classic. – Photo by Marty Seeger championships, including Jake Rademacher, Joe Rademacher and Ryan Nussbaum. Coach Dan Clark admitted to being a bit nervous heading into the tournament, thinking he might see a letdown after such an emotional win on Thursday,. but he was more than pleased with the effort of his team on Saturday.

“The kids wrestled as hard, I think, as they wrestled all year on Saturday. Hopefully it’s a sign that we’re still getting better, and the kids know that there’s more for them to accomplish this year, and they aren’t resting on just winning one dual,” said Clark. The heart of the Saints lineup is Nuss-

baum at 170 pounds, Joe Rademacher, 182, and his brother Jake at 195. Clark said the three have a combined record of 92-4 and over 70 of their wins this season have come by pin or forfeit. “That’s a lot of team points for three guys to score,” said Clark. Jake Rademacher cruised through the tournament with four pins on the day and a 13-2 major-decision win over Kyle Heinsohn of Cameron. Joe Rademacher had a similar day, getting four pins and a 10-3 decision win over Brett Blaser of Boyceville in the finals. Nussbaum had three pins and a 7-1 win in the semifinals, before beating Kenny Gates of Amery 6-2 in the finals. Drew Wheeler finished in second place at 106, losing by a 7-0 decision in the finals to Skyler Petry of WEM/JWP. Grant Simpson also took second place at 145, winning one of his matches in overtime against Steven Anderson of Unity. Simpson lost in a 7-4 decision to Josh Cormican of Boyceville in the finals. Nolan O’Brien also earned his way to the finals, with a win over Josh Andrews of Boyceville in overtime. O’Brien lost to Andrews earlier in the season, and was defeated in the finals match by pin. Others placing at the St. Croix Falls Classic were Tristan Chamberlin, who took sixth at 113, Shawn Bradshaw took eighth at 120, James Klassen took fourth at 126, Dan Horn was seventh at 132, and Ryan Johnson took sixth at 285.








Blizzard boys beat Legacy Christian in final seconds Blizzard 6, Legacy Christian Lions 5 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – The Blizzard boys hockey team used every second of the clock to come from behind and defeat their Two Rivers Conference opponents Legacy Christian Academy, by a score of 6-5 on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Lodge Center Area in Siren. Legacy and the Blizzard basically traded scores all night, with neither squad

ever being more than one goal ahead or behind. Blizzard sophomore Aaron Dietmeier scored two goals on the night and added an assist for three points. Four other Blizzard payers scored goals on the night: Bryce Ryan, Joe Engelhart, Austin Thoreen and the final tally of the night by Anthony Dietmeier, who scored the game winner with less than 15 seconds left on the clock, breaking a 5-5 tie and giving the Blizzard boys the win, 6-5.

Earning assist credits for the Blizzard were Aaron Dietmeier, Jake Langevin, Jake Swenson, and two assists each for Matt Larson and Joe Engelhart. Blizzard goalie Thomas Labatt turned away 26 of 31 Legacy shots on goal, while the Blizzard offense managed 47 shots on goal in the victory, which secured the Blizzard’s stay atop the conference with 16 points on an 8-1 conference record. They are four points ahead of the second-place team, the Minneapolis Novas. The Blizzard had a Tuesday night Two Rivers contest scheduled for Moose Lake, but results were not available at press time.

RIGHT: Blizzard co-captain Matt Larson heads down the ice with a Legacy Christian player in chase Friday, Jan. 20. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Blizzard junior Matt Larson, No. 10, works the puck around Legacy Lion Elmo Holleran.

Blizzard senior Joe Engelhart, No. 24, tries a backhanded shot against Legacy Christian.

Blizzard girls earn silver at tourney Blizzard 4, Northland Pines 2 Hayward/Spooner 5, Blizzard 2 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer EAGLE RIVER – The Blizzard girls hockey team took a solid second place at the Northland Pines tournament over the weekend out east, winning in the opener to hosting Northland Pines by a 4-2 final score, and then falling to the Hay-

ward/Spooner squad in the championship game, 5-2. In the opener, the Blizzard defeated the hosting Eagles after never trailing, courtesy two goals each for Kassie Lien and Wendy Roberts. Samantha O’Brien got the one lone assist for the Blizzard, and goalie Hope Tucker turned away 16 of 18 Eagle shots on goal in the win, which sent them to the championship round against the Hayward/Spooner team to close out the

tourney. The Blizzard girls drew first blood in the championship game, with Kassie Lien getting a solo goal at 16:05 in the first period. The Hurricanes tied the score late in the second period before the Blizzard got back on top late in the second period with a power play score by Paige Johnson, off assists Johanna Lauer and Samantha O’Brien. But that was all the offense the Blizzard

girls could muster, while the Hurricanes caught fire with four straight third-period goals for the win, 5-2, giving the ‘Canes tourney bragging rights, and a solid second-place silver for the Blizzard. The Blizzard girls are now 8-10-0 overall, and host Silver Bay on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. in Grantsburg.

Aimee Lerud sets another record in the vault her competition, according to Lund, and scored 7.050. RuthAnn Pederson had a season high in the vault with a score of 7.700. “We had a strong performance on the vault, it was great to see the momentum build from one gymnast to the next. On the balance beam, our goal was to have less falls and it was great to see two routines with no falls,” said Lund. The Pirates will be traveling to their next competition in Hudson on Saturday, Jan. 28. The meet begins with a march-in at 9:40 a.m., and competition starts at 10 a.m. They will also travel to Rush City, Minn., for a meet on Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Gymnasts continue upward improvement, as season end gets closer by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer RICE LAKE – Of the nearly 50 competitors vying for a top spot in the vaulting event at the Rice Lake Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21, Aimee Lerud of Grantsburg came out on top. Lerud also broke the school record with her performance in the vault with a score of 9.300, which she herself set earlier in the season. She broke the record while performing a pike suk vault, according to coach Kathy Lund, who was very pleased with her team’s overall performance despite only getting Lerud to medal at the 10-school event. Both Heidi Horky and Rachel Diffee had no-fall routines on the balance beam, and Raelyn Pochman made improvements in the all-around, improving her score by two points, which Lund said, gave her three personal bests, on vault, uneven bars and in the all-around.

Grantsburg’s Aimee Lerud performs on the balance beam. – File photo by Greg Marsten

Pirate gymnast Rachel Diffee had a great performance at Rice Lake Saturday, Jan. 21. – Photo submitted Pochman scored a 26.800 in the allaround, 7.450 in the vault and 5.525 in the uneven bars.

Horky had three personal bests, in the vault, floor exercise and all-around. She scored an 8.300 in the vault, 8.050 in the floor and 29.400 in the all-around. Diffee had a pair of personal-best performances as well. First on the balance beam in Rice Lake, with a 6.675, and another personal best in the floor exercise with a 7.825. She also added vaulting to

SCF/Unity competes in Rice Lake RICE LAKE – The St. Croix Falls/Unity gymnastics team competed at the Rice Lake Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21, and finished ninth out of 10 competing teams. Ashley Johnson took 19th overall in the all-around competition with a score of 30.850. Olivia Nelson took an 18th-place finish in the vault with a score of 8.650. Jenna Christensen, Emily Bethke and Anna Luepke also competed in Rice Lake last weekend, as well as Raquel McCloud and Kasey Heimstead.








Siren boys stay perfect with Unity win

Siren 52, Unity 32 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – The Siren Dragons stayed undefeated with a strong, 52-32 victory over their West Lakeland Conference rival Unity Eagles on Friday, Jan. 20, before their home crowd. Dragons head coach Jon Ruud noted it was a “sick win,” as he had several players who almost didn’t suit up on the night, and ended up contributing big time to the victory. “I am very proud of the performance by our boys on Friday night against Unity.

We had been hit pretty hard by the flu during the week,” Ruud said. “Three of my five starters were out until Friday with the stomach flu.” Ruud said Eli Hinze, Evan Oachs and Will Haines came back to school on Friday and suited for the contest, in spite of being on less than eight cylinders. “I kept telling them that I just needed them for about an hour during the game,” Ruud said, noting that all three players played, and in fact contributed strongly to the game, with Ruud calling it “The gutsiest performance of any team he’s ever coached.”

Eagle Brandon McKenzie (right, No. 33) and Dragon Evan Oachs battle for a loose ball.

Siren senior Evan Oachs pulls in a loose ball as Unity's Brandon McKenzie defends. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Andrew Brown led the way for Siren with 16 points, followed right behind by Hinze with 14 points. Murdock Smith added 10 points to the cause, including several steals and easy follow-ups. Unity had a hard time getting past the Dragon half-court defense, and their usual scoring leader Brady Turner was held to three points. Eagle sophomore Oliver Raboin led all Unity scorers with 13 hardearned points in the paint. Xavier Foeller managed five points for Unity.

Siren had a 23-12 lead at the half, and stretched that lead out by a wide margin as the second half progressed, eventually becoming a 52-32 margin for a Siren win. The Dragons move up to 15-0 overall, and 7-0 in conference play, Unity falls to 8-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Siren hosts Frederic on Friday, Jan. 27, while Unity hosts St. Croix Falls that same night.

Unity places eighth at St. Croix Falls tourney Finals elude individuals, but Lennartson takes third by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – The Unity Eagles took eighth overall during the St. Croix Falls Interstate Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21, and were unable to get any wrestlers into the finals. The tournament

proved challenging for even their heavyweight, Alex Lennartson, who had just one loss entering the tournament. Lennartson still did well going up against some of the best competition he’s seen all season long, taking third place. Lennartson’s first match of the day came by a pin over Will Ryan Strenke of Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg, and he pinned William Warner of Cameron in 20 seconds in the quarterfinal. Lennartson lost just his second match of the season to Josh Linder in the semifinals by a 7-3 de-

Justin Peper muscles an opponent at the 40th-annual St. Croix Falls Interstate Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 21. – Photo by Marty Seeger

cision, and narrowly won his third-place match with a 3-2 decision over Brandon Mikyska. At 220 pounds, Justin Peper took fourth place overall, as did Tucker Olson at 113, Kevin Bystrom at 138, and Garrett Lunsmann, 145. MacKenzie Overby placed fifth overall at 106, Colton Sorensen was sixth at 152, and Tevin Anderson, Steven Anderson

and Colin Loehr placed seventh at 126, 145 and 182 respectively. Ben Bengtson placed ninth overall at 170, and Damon Bearhart placed 10th at 132. The Eagles will host St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Jan. 26, beginning at 7 p.m., and will compete at Cameron for the conference tournament on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Locals finish strong in Crossfire volleyball tournament

The Eau Claire Air 17-1 volleyball team went undefeated and took gold at the Crossfire 18’s Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn. Pictured front row (L to R): Jaimee Buck, Luck; Lisa Tzanakis, Chippewa Falls; Halie Milas, StanleyBoyd; Maegan Olson, Mondovi; and Carmen Flunker, Eau Claire-Regis. Back row: Taylor Joy, Luck; Abby Bushendorf, Eau Claire Memorial; Jade Seipel, Mondovi; Molly McLoone, Stanley-Boyd; Amanda Munger, Eau Claire Memorial; and coaches Amy Bomgren and Emily Neave. Both coaches are students at UW-Eau Claire and play on the Bluegolds volleyball team. – Photo submitted








Grantsburg girls escape with win over Frederic away with free throws in the fourth, but it wasn’t our night at the line,” said Vikings coach Troy Wink. “Cannot fault our effort, but we needed to execute on offense and defense just a little better!” The Vikings were led by Corissa Schmidt with 19 points, and Kendra Mossey had 13 followed by Maria Miller, nine, Carly Gustafson, seven, Emily Byerly, six, Natalie Phernetton, three and Lara Harlander, two. Gaffney had 10 points for the Pirates, while Macy Hanson added nine, and Nicole McKenzie and Kylie Pewe each had five points.

Saints crushed by Cameron in first loss of the season Grantsburg 61, Frederic 59 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Pirate girls basketball team prevailed in a last-second thriller on Friday, Jan. 20, against the Vikings on Frederic’s home court. The game came down to just one possession, and Carly Larson, who had a huge performance with 32 points, fittingly hit the game winner with just two seconds left in the game. “I was a fun game to be a part of. Both teams fought till the end as it went back and forth, and stayed close the whole second half,” said Pirates coach Adam Hale. “We were fortunate to get a break at the end of the game, and then the girls executed on our last possession, and Carly Larson hit a huge shot to win it.” Larson had 16 points in the fourth quarter and buried six 3-pointers throughout the game. She also stepped up defensively with three blocked shots. “We needed people to step up with Sam (Schwieger) being out, and Carly more than responded,” Hale said, adding that it was also Liz Gaffney’s final game of the season because of early graduation. “She was really playing well and will be missed greatly,” Hale said. The game was tied after the first quarter, but the Vikings led by three at the half. Frederic led by one heading into the fourth quarter, but had a difficult time at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, shooting just 11 of 21. “We had plenty of chances to put them

Turtle Lake 53, Frederic 47 TURTLE LAKE – The Viking girls basketball team faced another tough opponent at Turtle Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 24, but fell short of victory in the nonconference game. It was tied at 17 at the half but coach Troy Wink noted that the team got off to a bit of a slow start. “We played a hard game, hung in there all game with a good Turtle Lake team. Started first half too slow, sluggish, didn’t execute offense well enough,” Wink said. Despite a much better effort defensively, and on offense in the second half, the Vikings still came up short. Corissa Schmidt had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Maria Miller added 10 points with nine boards. Wink was also pleased with Kendra Mossey’s performance at the point in the second half. Other scorers included Emily Byerly with six points, Mossey, nine, and Brittani Hughes had three. LEFT: The Frederic and Grantsburg girls battled hard in a close game on Friday, Jan. 20, in Frederic. – Photo by Becky Amundson

Siren girls outlast Eagles Siren 45, Unity 39 by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer SIREN – The Siren Dragon girls were able to stifle the visiting Unity Eagle squad by six points in a close-fought, West Lakeland Conference contest on Friday, Jan. 20, at Siren. Siren jumped out front by a 12-4 firstquarter lead, but the Eagles came back with a dozen points of their own to make it a two-point Dragon lead at the half. The Dragons kept their lead all through the second half, with the Eagles coming close several times as the final minutes faded. Several critical missed shots on

Unity's Carly Ince dribbles around Siren's Ky Kettula.

Siren's Mackenzie Smith drains a critical 3-pointer as Unity's Sarah Bader attempts to block the shot. – Photos by Greg Marsten

Dragon Amber Moore drains a perimeter shot as the Eagles defend.

free throw shooting. Sarah Bader had a double-double for Unity, with 12 strong boards and 10 points. The Eagles shot just 11 of 53 from the floor, and 14 of 26 from the charity stripe, so it was a game that could have gone either way. Unity is now 7-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play. They are off until Thursday, Jan. 26, when they host Prairie Farm. Siren moves to 6-5 overall, but has a 5-1 West Lakeland Conference record. They host Frederic on Friday, Jan. 27, in another conference contest.

Spooner 64, Siren 27 SIREN – The Lady Dragons suffered a loss at home against Spooner on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Dragons trailed 28-23 at halftime, but couldn’t hold on despite playing a physical game. Spooner’s Sam Taylor had the hot hand with her 27-point effort. The Dragons shot just 15 of 35 from the free-throw line, but they’ll have a chance to get back on track this Friday, Jan. 27, when they host a hungry Frederic Vikings team looking for a much-needed conference victory. – Marty Seeger

both sides made it a close game, but the Dragons kept the heat on for the victory. “It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win!” stated Dragon head coach Ryan Karsten. Brittany Coulter led the way offensively for the Dragons with 12 points, including 4 of 5 free-throw prowess. Liz Brown notched nine points for Siren, followed by Mackenzie Smith, who buried two critical 3-pointers to secure the lead for Karsten’s squad. Brittany Thomfohrda led Unity with a dozen points, also. Shauna Jorgenson followed with 11 points, including 7 for 10








Pirate boys get by Vikings in low-scoring contest Viking boys get NBA experience at Target Center Grantsburg 46, Frederic 37 by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – The Viking boys basketball team kept the Pirates on edge Friday, Jan. 20, but Grantsburg managed to pull away in the fourth quarter. The Vikings led by two after the first quarter and 2019 at the half. They led by three heading into the fourth quarter, but the Pirates outscored the Vikings 17-5 in the fourth quarter to get by with the win. “We just aren’t coming into these games with any consistency on the offensive end,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. “It really isn’t a problem I thought we’d still have this far into the season.” Grantsburg shot 13 of 18 from the line and 9 of 14 in fourth quarter. David Ohnstad led with 12 points, followed by eight from Connor Myers. Daniel Biorn had seven points, Seth Coy, six, Zack Arnold, five, and Nolan Hanson and Daniel Larsen each had four. “We should (feel) fortunate to have won this game tonight. We need to pick it up down the stretch if we’re going to have a chance against the teams we have coming up,” said Hallberg. The Vikings meanwhile, may be feeling like they let a close game slip through their fingers, yet they’ve shown they won’t be pushovers for any team in this second half of the season. “I think we lost basically because we turned it over too many times, and we couldn’t box them out,” said Vikings coach Ryan Lind. “We gave them a lot of scoring opportunities and you can’t do that to a good team like Grantsburg and expect to win.” The Vikings were led by Waylon Buck and Adam Chenal with 13 points each, followed by Mike Tesch with six, Jayce den Hoed, five, and Jaryd Braden, two.

Grantsburg senior Seth Coy looks for an open teammate as Viking defenders try to stop it, Friday, Jan. 20. – Photo by Becky Amundson Frederic 51, Lanesboro, Minn., 38 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Viking boys basketball team got to experience a game on the Timberwolves home court at the Target Center on Saturday, Jan. 21, and picked up a win in the process to make the experience even more enjoyable. “I think our guys had a lot of fun playing there and winning the game was a nice added bonus,” said Vikings coach Ryan Lind. The Vikings defeated Lanesboro, Minn., and played two halves of basketball, leading the first half 26-18. Adam Chenal led the Vikings with 11 points in the first half and finished with 15, while Waylon Buck led the team with 16 points. Buck shot nearly perfectly from the free-throw line in the second half, going 5 for 6. Jayce den Hoed had 10 points, followed by Mike Tesch with six and Jaryd Braden and Jack

Neumann each had two. “Ian Lexen played good defense against a very good basketball player, and I thought Jack Neumann did a very nice job defensively for us off the bench,” Lind noted.

Frederic 69, Turtle Lake 34 FREDERIC – After a decisive win at the Target Center, the Vikings boys basketball team picked up another lopsided win on Monday, Jan. 23, over Turtle Lake, who is 5-1 in their conference. Vikings coach Ryan Lind expected a close battle with the Lakers, who have a similar overall record, but the game was never really close, as the Vikings led by nine after the first quarter and 40-17 at the half. “I think they had a rough night, but I think our defense was part of that,” said

The Frederic Viking boys basketball team enjoyed success at the Target Center on Saturday, Jan. 21, with a convincing win over Lanesboro, Minn. – Photos by Kelly Schmidt

Adam Chenal goes in for a layup uncontested against the Pirates on Friday, Jan. 20. – Photo by Becky Amundson Lind. Mike Tesch and Adam Chenal each had 16 points and Jayce den Hoed chipped in 11, followed by Waylon Buck and Jack Neumann each with seven, Jaryd Braden, six, Ian Lexen, four, and Zach Schmidt added two points. “Mike had one of his better games offensively and defensively this year. He was frustrating their players around the hoop on defense and shot and passed very well on offense. Jayce, Adam, Jack and Jaryd all played well offensively, also. It’s a fun group to coach. They work hard!” said Lind. Grantsburg 53, Amery 47 AMERY – The Pirate boys basketball team played a solid game against Amery on Tuesday, Jan. 24, winning the nonconference matchup 53-47. “Good energy for 32 minutes tonight,” said Pirates coach Nick Hallberg. “I thought we played our most complete game in a long time.” The Pirates led 18-13 after the first quarter and maintained the five-point lead at the half. It was a close game throughout much of the night, but a well-balanced scoring attack and quality defense kept the Warriors at bay. Grantsburg shot 9 of 14 from the freethrow line, and David Ohnstad and Nolan Hanson each had 10 points. Connor Myers went 7 of 8 from the free-throw line and had nine points, followed by Brady Thompson and Daniel Biorn with eight points apiece. Seth Coy had six points and Zack Arnold added two points. “Now we just need to carry over into Friday’s game at Luck, and into all of the games we have coming up to finish the season,” Hallberg said. It’s nice to have bigger schools like Amery on our schedule.”

St. Croix Falls basketball teams fall this week Barron 57, St. Croix Falls 46 ST. CROIX FALLS – The Lady Saints faced two solid basketball teams in the past week, and both had just one loss on the season. The Saints traveled to Barron on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and suffered their second straight loss of the season on the road. Barron is 12-1 overall on the season, and 6-1 in their conference. The Saints fell to 92 on the regular season, but remain unbeaten in the West Lakeland Conference. They’ll be traveling to Unity this Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. Cameron 81, St. Croix Falls 56

CAMERON – The St. Croix Falls girls basketball team suffered their first loss of the season at Cameron on Thursday, Jan. 19. The Comets only loss of the season came against Northwood in a 10-point loss earlier this season, but they’ve played undefeated basketball ever since, much like the Saints, who trailed 20-8 after the first quarter. The Comets held onto that lead for the rest of the way. Four Comets scored in the double digits, and the Saints were led by Sydney Geisness with 15 points and six rebounds. Caitlyn Olson had 12 points and six

boards, and Jerrica Jones added 10 points with three rebounds. Sarah Petznick had eight points, Jessical Rademacher had seven points and led the team in rebounds with nine, and Alexis Erickson had four points, four rebounds.

Osceola 51, St. Croix Falls 40 ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls boys basketball team lost another tough game against rival Osceola on Tuesday, Jan. 24. This is the Saints fifth straight loss as they head to Unity on Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The two teams last met back in early December, and it was a close game until the very end, but the Eagles won that one 41-37.








Cardinal boys pick up a nice win over Webster Luck 39, Webster 25 by Eugene Ruhn Special to the Leader WEBSTER – The second game of the boys/girls doubleheader in Webster on Friday, Jan. 20, was a wild one. The Tiger boys scored first after winning the tip-off, and both teams exchanged baskets back and forth throughout the first quarter. Both teams played full-court defense in this intense first quarter, but Luck led 118 at the end of the first. In the second quarter, Webster had very tough defense as the Cardinals had a tough time moving the ball up the court. Very physical defensive play in the second quarter once again, and low scoring, found Luck in the bonus early with Karsten Petersen and John Denny on the bench in foul trouble. The Tigers tied the game with their first field goal of the quarter at 11 with 2:45 remaining in first half. The Cardinals answered right away with two of their own. Webster stole the ball, went on fast break and scored in the final minute of the half, tying the game 13-13 at the half. There were 18 fouls total in the first half with each team with nine. The second half started slow with Luck scoring the first points with 3:45 left in the third quarter. The Tigers answered back right away, tying the game again. Luck went on a 6-0 scoring run, when Taylor Heinz and Josh Baer of Webster had to sit on the bench in foul trouble. At the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals led 25-19. The Tigers were fighting tooth and nail to chip away at the Luck lead. Both teams found themselves in the bonus again with 4:16 to go in the game. Baer nailed a 3-point shot to cut the lead to four at 29-25. Even though both teams were in the bonus, the intense play which was seen in the first half came back. Unfortunately for Webster, they ran out of time and were forced to foul and put the Cardinals at the free-throw line. Luck only missed three free throws in the fourth quarter, making 14 of 17, which were the Cardinals only scoring points in the fourth quarter. So with the 10-0 run on just free throws, Luck won 39-25. With 36 fouls in this foul fest, both teams were even in that category. Top scorers for the Cardinals were Petersen with 12, Denny, 11; Evan Armour, seven; Trent Strapon,

Webster senior Brad Krause goes up for a fast-break layup. – Photos by Eugene Ruhn The Cardinals Karsten Petersen drives the lane and scores a layup. five; and Kyle Hunter, four. Scorers for the Tigers were Baer with 11 points, Heinz, six; Brad Krause, five; Joey Erickson, two; and Shawn Stevens one. Ellsworth 55, Luck 40 ELLSWORTH – Despite a loss at Ellsworth on Tuesday, Jan. 24, coach Rick Giller thought his Cardinals played solid

through three quarters, and showed improvements. “We shot 50 percent for the game and only 11 turnovers, but we saw the best shooting team of the year in Ellsworth,” said Giller. The Panthers shot 60 percent from the field and hit 7 of 14 from beyond the arc. The Cardinals led by as much as eight points at the end of the first quarter, but Ellsworth tied the game back up at the half. They outshot Luck 16-10 in the third

quarter and also held the Cards to just two points in the fourth quarter to pad the win. “A game where I’m starting to see a little more improvement on both sides of the floor,” added Giller. Karsten Petersen had 12 points for the Cardinals, followed by John Denny, 11, Trent Strapon and Kyle hunter each had five, Evan Armour, four, and Dylan LeMay, three. – Marty Seeger

Luck girls get first conference win of the season Luck 40, Webster 20

by Eugene Ruhn Special to the Leader WEBSTER – Friday evening, Jan. 20, in Webster, the Luck girls got their first conference win of the season, playing the first game of the girls/boys basketball doubleheader. Luck started on the scoreboard with a basket just over two minutes into the game, which started a 10-0 run in the first quarter. The Webster girls scored their first points with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Cardinal defense was very strong, not allowing the Tigers to move the ball around very well on offense to get a good shot. Tipped passes were the key to causing turnovers, resulting in a first-quarter lead for Luck at 18-4. The second quarter was low scoring with the Cardinals still continuing to be aggressive on defense, but the Tigers answered with tough defense of their own, holding Luck to only six points in the second period. At halftime, the Cardinals were still in the lead 24-7. The Cards, in the second half, continued their strong defensive play, holding the Tigers to only one point in the third quarter. The Luck offense went on a 14-1 scoring run to finish the third period with a commanding lead of 38-8. The final quarter was a different story with the Tigers not going down that easy, jumping on the board early and outscoring the Cardinals 12-2 in the fourth. Webster closed the gap, playing tough defense and hitting big shots on offense, but it wasn’t enough. The Cardinals prevailed, winning 40-20.

“We got off to a great start with Maia Lehmann and Avery Steen both scoring eight points in the first stanza. Lehmann had her best game ever, scoring 12 points, and Steen led us again with 14 points,” commented Luck coach Marty Messar. Other girls scoring for Luck were Jenni Holt with five points, Darian Ogilvie four; Hanna Karl three; Jillian Klatt and Taylor Joy each adding one. Kaleiah Schiller led the Tigers with 10 points, nine in the fourth quarter, Stefani Wambolt had three points, Angel Christianson, Evon Maxwell and Chelsea Larson with two and Tanya Johnson one.

Luck 44, New Auburn 9 LUCK – The Cardinal girls came through with a big nonconference win at home over New Auburn. Luck kept the Trojans scoreless in the first quarter but put up just four points of their own. They managed to hold New Auburn to just six first-half points, four in the third and three in fourth period, while their offense began to click. Avery Steen led with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Jenni Holdt had 10 points, Maia Lehmann and Jillian Klatt each had six, Whitney Petersen and Darian Ogilvie each had four and Hannah Karl had two. Ogilvie also had nine rebounds. – Marty Seeger LEFT: Tiger Kally Schiller grabs a rebound away from Cardinals Jenni Holdt. – Photo by Eugene Ruhn








St. Croix Valley Raceway gears up for 2012

ST. CROIX FALLS – After running a truncated schedule in 2011, officials at St. Croix Valley Raceway are putting the finishing touches on a full, summerlong 2012 campaign. Returning for 2012, the weekly card will again feature UMSS Traditional (nonwinged) Sprints, Micros Sprints, Pure Stocks and Future IVs. Midwest Modifieds are back as well, in 2012, running under the WISSOTA banner. The expanded 2012 schedule offers something for everyone in the family. Track co-owner Ron Bernhagen stated, “Our goal is not only to be a premier racetrack, but also a first-class entertainment venue for the whole family.” Events scheduled for this summer include the

fireworks spectacular on July 6, as well as trailer races June 15 and a stunt-filled Crash-a-rama and school bus races on Aug. 17. Bernhagen and raceway co-owner Rick Mastell persist in their tireless efforts to grow the facility into a premier family entertainment destination for the communities of the scenic St. Croix River Valley. The transformation of the track’s infrastructure is ongoing. Extensive clay work commenced at the end of the 2011 season that included the removal of several rocks from the track, completely reshaping the infield and track drainage system, and the removal of the old catch fence. Improved lighting and new fencing are just two of

the off-season improvements that will be evident during the upcoming season. The track, quickly becoming a minimecca for open-wheel racing fans, includes the following 2012 highlights: • Season opener, May 11 • Thunder in the Valley featuring UMSS 360 winged sprint cars, May 25, June 29 and Aug. 24. • The Traditional 40, a 40-lap feature event for the UMSS Traditional Sprints on June 8. • The first-annual Kouba Memorial/Open Wheel Nationals. Five openwheel classes will compete – UMSS 360 Sprints, UMSS Traditional Sprints, UMSS

Micro Sprints, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and WISSOTA Modifieds on June 29. • The Bumper-to-Bumper IRA 410 Outlaw Sprint Series on July 27. • The two-night, two-complete-show Badger State Championships on Sept. 21 and 22. More details can be found on the track’s Web site,, and fans can also follow the track on Facebook.


Sunday Afternoon Youth Games Standings: The Strikers 10, Hi There 9, The Bowlers 7, The Dogs 6, The Girls 5, Bye 5, The North 4, Team Hambone 2. Boys games: Kyle Hunter (TB) 247, Zach Schmidt (TB) 213, Austin Bruss (HT) 188. Boys series: Kyle Hunter (TB) 613, Zach Schmidt (TB) 537, Jordan Bazey (TB) 519. Girls games: Avery Steen (TG) 225, Corissa Schmidt (TG) 186, Lauren Domagala (TG) 146. Girls series: Avery Steen (TG) 556, Corissa Schmidt (TG) 483, Lauren Domagala (TG) 391. Team games: The Bowlers 578, The Girls 501, Hi There 456. Team series: The Bowlers 1669, The Girls 1430, Hi There 1266. Sunday Night 1 No Tap Mixed Couples Standings: Jeff’s Team 25, Chuck’s Team 22, Happy Campers 22, Long Shots 16.5, Knaubers 15.5, Late Comers 15, Packer Backers 15, No Names 12. Men’s games: Don Swanson (PB) 276, Len Knauber (K) 252, Jim Murphy (LS) 245. Men’s series: Don Swanson (PB) 687, Len Knauber (K) & Jim Murphy (LS) 648, Gene Hansen (JT) 617. Women’s games: Gwen Larson (HC) 243, Linda Richter (LS) 219, Staci Lundmark (NN) 218. Women’s series: Gwen Larson (HC) 617, Staci Lundmark (NN) 599, Yvonne Snyder (HC) 575. Team games: Long Shots 819, Happy Campers 817, Knaubers 786. Team series: Happy Campers 2288, Long Shots 2210, Knaubers 2133. Monday Afternoon Senior Standings: Night Hawks 10, Bears 10, Hummingbirds 10, Badgers 9, Eagles 7, Vultures 5, Swans 5. Men’s games (Handicap): Tom Johnson 222, Roger Christenson 204, Dale Johnson 203. Men’s series (Handicap): Tom Johnson 560, Ron Noble 549, Roger Christenson 545. Women’s games (Handicap): Norma Hauge 213, Marge Traun 205, Lila Larson 201. Women’s series (Handicap): Norma Hauge 561, Marge Traun 547, Lila Larson 530. Team games (Handicap): Night Hawks 751, Badgers 723, Bears & Hummingbirds 712. Team series (Handicap): Bears 2064, Eagles 2063, Night Hawks 2050. Tuesday Classic Standings: Great Northern Outdoors 28, Yellow Lake Lodge 27, Bottle Shop 26, Pioneer Bar 14.5, Frandsen Bank & Trust 14, House of Wood 7.5. Individual games: Mike Skow 244, Gene Ackland 236, Reed Stevens & Chris Olson 232. Individual series: Roger Tollander 633, Gene Ackland 617, Chris Olson 605. Team games: Yellow Lake Lodge 648, Bottle Shop 636, Great Northern Outdoors 619. Team series: Yellow Lake Lodge 1841, Great Northern Outdoors 1689, Bottle Shop 1655. Games 50 or more above average: Mike Skow 244 (+69); Chris Thompson 227 (+50). Splits converted: 3-6-7-10: Curtis Renfroe. 2-4-8-10: Jon Anderson. 2-7: Chris Olson. Wednesday Night Early Standings: A-1 Machine 11, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 10, Lewis Silo 8, Pioneer Bar 6, Larsen Auto Center 6, Cummings Lumber 4, Skol Bar 3, Bye Team 0. Individual games: Mark Bohn (SB) & Jason Richter (A-1) 233, Curtis Renfroe (SB) 224. Individual series: Mark Bohn (SB) 616, Kelsey Bazey (DQM) 597, Brett Daeffler (DQM) 581. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 931, A-1 Machine 929, Skol Bar 926. Team series: Skol Bar 2685, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 2642, A-1 Machine 2580.

Thursday Early Standings: American Family Siren 22, Kinetico 20.5, Wikstrom Construction 20.5, Red Iron Studios 20, Hell Raisers 20, Fab Four 19, Daeffler’s Quality Meats 17, Grindell Law Offices 17. Individual games: Bryce Daeffler 244, Ed Bitler 239, Mark Bohn 226. Individual series: Ed Bitler 654, Mark Bohn 609, Bryce Daeffler 581. Team games: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 646, Red Iron Studios 604, Hell Raisers & Grindell Law Offices 571. Team series: Daeffler’s Quality Meats 1700, Red Iron Studios 1688, Hell Raisers & American Family Siren 1620. Thursday Late Standings: Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 10, Hansen Farms Inc. 5, Fisk Trucking 5, Stotz & Company 4. Men’s games: Eugene Wynn Jr. 255, Alvin Tyler 253, Kanan Hackett 226. Men’s series: Eugene Wynn Jr. 652, Alvin Tyler 585, Dale Frandsen 569. Women’s games: Heather Wynn 201. Women’s series: Heather Wynn 556. Team games: Hansen Farms Inc. 992, Stotz & Company 872, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 864. Team series: Hansen Farms Inc. 2735, Stotz & Company 2583, Hog Wild BBQ & Grill 2522. Friday Night Ladies Standings: Frederic Design 24, Junque Art 23, Meyer’s Plus 20, The Leader 16, Pioneer Bar 16, Pin Heads 9, SKM 2. Individual games: Marge Traun 206, Gail LInke 204, Myrna Magnuson 192. Individual series: Gail Linke 580, Myrna Magnuson 554, Cindy Denn 528. Team games: Junque Art 684, SKM 625, The Leader 624. Team series: Junque Art 1939, SKM 1838, Pin Heads 1800. Games 50 or more above average: Marge Traun; Linda Richter; Myrna Magnuson. Splits converted: 5-10: Jen Ellefson; Karen Carlson; Linda O’Donnell. 5-7: Mona Renfroe. Saturday Night Mixed – 1/7/12 Standings: Lakers, Rebel Alliance, Handicaps, Hot Shots, Luck-E, Skowl. Men’s games: Mark Bohn 243, Ron Skow 234, Mark Bohn 219. Men’s series: Mark Bohn 640, Ron Skow 629, Mike Renfroe 495. Women’s games: Ramona Renfroe 194, Deb Ingram 186, Linda Giller 182. Women’s series: Deb Ingram 523, Linda Giller 516, Rita Bohn 508. Team games: Lakers 913, Skowl 900, Handicaps 884. Team series: Luck-E 2593, Handicaps 2592, Skowl 2523. Saturday Night Mixed – 1/21/12 Standings: Lakers, Rebel Alliance, Handicaps, Hot Shots, Skowl, Luck-E. Men’s games: Mark Bohn 268 & 213, Ron Skow 199. Men’s series: Mark Bohn 658, Ron Skow 522, Anthony Wilson 500. Women’s games: Ramona Renfroe 221, Rita Bohn 200 & 187. Women’s series: Rita Bohn 532, Ramona Renfroe 505, Kathy Java 493. Team games: Luck-E 913, Rebel Alliance 895, Lakers 894. Team series: Luck-E 2615, Rebel Alliance 2570, Handicaps 2549.

McKenzie Lanes

Monday Night Ladies Standings: Wolf Creek Log Furniture 99.5, Alyeska Contracting 97, Edina Divas 90, Metal Products 87, Milltown Appliance 85, McKenzie Lanes 67.5, Frederic Truck & Tractor 52, Bye 31. Individual games: Danielle Brenholt 205, Patti Katzmark & Cindy Castellano 195. Individual series: Cindy Castellano 576, Erlene Johnson 539, Barb Wilson 531. Team games (Handicap): Edina Divas 856. Team series (Handicap): Wolf Creek Furniture 2432. Monday Night Madness Standings: Mishaps 36, McKenzie Lanes 30, Bogus Punkins 26, Alleycats 24, Eagle Lounge 24, Bye 4.

Individual games: Barbara Benson 213, Heidi Skow 187, Debbie Swanson 180. Individual series: Barbara Benson 536, Heidi Skow 512, Debbie Swanson 464. Team games (Handicap): Mishaps 646, Alleycats 637. Team series (Handicap): Alleycats 1812, Mishaps 1735. Tuesday Early Mixed Standings: Lane Crashers 40, Lemon Heads 27, 1 Pin Short 23, What the Ek 22. Men’s games: Jeff Lehmann 213, Gilbert Berg 169, Jeff Bringgold 168. Men’s series: Jeff Lehmann 550, Jeff Bringgold & Gilbert Berg 459. Women’s games: Jill Behnke 178, Brenda Lehmann 152, Jeri Sanderson 145. Women’s series: Jill Behnke 439, Jeri Sanderson 419, Brenda Lehmann 413. Team games: Lemon Heads 454. Team series: Lemon Heads 1316. Tuesday Women’s Standings: Country Gals 70.5, Kassel Tap 62, Hauge Dental 53.5, Gutter Dusters 49, Custom Outfitter 47.5, Trap Rock 44, LC’s Gals 42.5, Tomlinson Insurance 39. Individual games: Norma Hauge 221, Denise Donaghue 197, Kathy Clark 190. Individual series: Norma Hauge 561, Denise Donaghue 548, Lonnie Stowell 498. Team games (Handicap): Hauge Dental 844, Trap Rock 791, Tomlinson Insurance & Country Gals 788. Team series (Handicap): Hauge Dental 2439, Country Gals 2335, Tomlinson Insurance 2277. Tuesday Night Men’s Standings: Dream Lawn 40.5, The Cobbler Shop 36, Nel-Lo-Hill Farm 30.5, Centurview Park 30, Steve’s Appliance 30, Hack’s Pub 28, The Dugout 24, McKenzie Lanes 21. Individual games: Rick Fox 246, Steve Clark 244, Darren McKenzie 235. Individual series: Rick Fox 703, Donny Potting Jr. 673, Darren McKenzie 662. Team games (Handicap): Centurview Park 1204. Team series (Handicap): Hack’s Pub 3472. Wednesday Early Standings: Gerhman Auto Body 36, Amrhien Painting 36, Hack’s Pub 32, Holiday StationStore 30, Suzie Q’s 24, Top Spot 22, Cutting Edge 6, Bye 6. Men’s games: Mike Welling 217, Cody Korsan 211, Jim Harder 193. Men’s series: Mike Welling 587, Collin Petersen 519, Merlin Fox 515. Women’s games: Jeanne Kizer 174, Amy Eibs 174, Justine Melin 170. Women’s series: Justine Melin 453, Patty Walker 441, Jeanne Kizer 421. Team games (Handicap): Holiday StationStore 692. Team series (Handicap): Holiday StationStore 1927. Wednesday Night Men’s Standings: Tiger Express 18, Edina Realty 16, Hanjo Farms 14, Dalles Electricians 12, Reed’s Marina 12, Harvest Moon 10, Davy’s Construction 8, McKenzie Lanes 6. Individual games: Darren McKenzie 290, Gene Braund 244, Derek Swenson 238. Individual series: Darren McKenzie 836, Gene Braund 682, Daryn Sylvester 629. Team games (Handicap): Tiger Express

1074, McKenzie Lanes 1045. Team series (Handicap): Tiger Express 3143, McKenzie Lanes 2921. Thursday Night Ladies 1/13/12 Standings: KJ’s 92.5, Truhlsen Chiropractic 92.5, Bont Chiropractic 87.5, Eagle Valley Bank 80.5, RiverBank 74, Hauge Dental 71.5, Cutting Edge Pro 71, Hack’s Pub 69.5. Individual games: Brenda Lehmann 190, Jane Smith 184, Norma Hauge 182. Individual series: Annette Norlander 524, Brenda Lehmann 520, Melanie Erickson 519. Team games: Bont Chiropractic 766, Cutting Edge Pro 764, Truhlsen Chiropractic 757. Team series: Truhlsen Chiropractic 2181, Cutting Edge Pro 2153, KJ’s 2130. Thursday Night Ladies 1/20/12 Standings: Truhlsen Chiropractic 99, KJ’s 98.5, Eagle Valley Bank 93.5, Bont Chiropractic 92.5, RiverBank 88, Hauge Dental 86.5, Cutting Edge Pro 84.5, Hack’s Pub 76.5. Individual games: Carrie Schultz 213, Shannon Cox 210, Denise Donaghue 209. Individual series: Denise Donaghue 552, Carrie Schultz 515, Shannon Cox 505. Team games: Hauge Dental 856, Truhlsen Chiropractic 812, Cutting Edge Pro 796. Team series: Hauge Dental 2389, Cutting Edge Pro 2266, Bont Chiropractic 2125. Saturday Night Mixed 1/14/12 Standings: B&K Cousins 15, Pin Busters 13, The Bald & The Beautiful 11, T-Dawgs 8.5, Eureka Bombers 8.5, The In-Laws 6, Roller Coasters 4, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 2. Men’s games: Darren McKenzie 296, Mike Runberg 267, Gene Braund 254. Men’s series: Darren McKenzie 701, Jeff Lehmann 663, Gene Braund 623. Women’s games: Brenda Lehmann 192, Dixie Runberg 179, Toni Sloper 169. Women’s series: Brenda Lehmann 515, Sharon Berg 458, Toni Sloper 451. Team games (Handicap): T-Dawgs 922, The In-Laws 918, The Bald & The Beautiful 907. Team series (Handicap): The Bald & The Beautiful 2678, T-Dawgs 2595, Eureka Bombers 2594. Saturday Night Mixed 1/21/12 Standings: B&K Cousins 25, Eureka Bombers 20.5, T-Dawgs 18.5, Pin Busters 18, The Bald & The Beautiful 16, Cutting Edge Pro Shop 14, The In-Laws 13, Roller Coasters 11. Men’s games: Darren McKenzie 279, Roger Fisk 238, Gene Braund 224. Men’s series: Darren McKenzie 720, Roger Fisk 669, Gene Braund 620. Women’s games: Toni Sloper 181, Jan Kruse 170, Kathy Braund 167. Women’s series: Toni Sloper 530, Kathy Braund 460, Lana McKenzie & Jan Kruse 443. Team games (Handicap): Cutting Edge Pro Shop 959, T-Dawgs 894, B & K Cousins 875. Team series (Handicap): Cutting Edge Pro Shop 2637, T-Dawgs 2604, The InLaws 2507.

Black & Orange

Early Birds Standings: Gandy Dancer Saloon 15-9, Yellow River Saloon 13-11, The Tap 1113, Black & Orange 9-15. Individual games: Kay Casey (YRS) & Mary Eifler (GDS) 156, Lynn Toivola (T) 151, Rita Tesch (YRS) 147. Individual series: Kay Casey (YRS) 445, Mary Eifler (GDS) 430, Rita Tesch (YRS) 429. Team games: Gandy Dancer Saloon 858, Yellow River Saloon 854, Black & Orange 790. Team series: Gandy Dancer Saloon 2438, Yellow River Saloon 2408, Black & Orange 2307. Monday Night Men’s Standings: Glass & Mirror Works 10.55.5, Larry’s LP 9-7, Black & Orange 8.57.5, Vacant 4-12. Individual games: Art Bliven (B&O) 203,

Mike Zajac (G&MW) 196, Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 195. Individual series: Ron Pitts (L) 550, Ron Pitts (B&O) 549, Dean Eytcheson (G&MW) 505. Team games: Glass & Mirror Works 916, Black & Orange 907, Larry’s LP 899. Team series: Black & Orange 2636, Larry’s LP 2538, Glass & Mirror Works 2519. TNT Standings: Flower Power 16-4, Cashco 11-9, Larry’s LP 9-11, Vacant 4-16. Individual games: Mary Ellen Smith (C) 174, Mary Reese (FP) 170, Jennifer Kern (L) 168. Individual series: Jennifer Kern (L) 479, Mary Reese (FP) 476, Becky Reynolds (L) 465. Team games: Flower Power 827, Larry’s LP 824, Cashco 792. Team series: Larry’s LP 2461, Flower Power 2400, Cashco 2244. Wednesday Night Standings: Pheasant Inn 11.5-4.5, Zia Louisa’s 11-5, Cashco 10-6, Black & Orange 7.5-8.5, Lions 7-9, Vacant 1-15. Individual games: Gene Ackland (ZL) 265, Ed Phelps (ZL) 258, Ken Tonsager (ZL) 226. Individual series: Gene Ackland (ZL) 715, Ken Tonsager (ZL) 628, Ed Phelps (ZL) 580. Team games: Zia Louisa’s 1085, Pheasant Inn 1017, Cashco 993. Team series: Zia Louisa’s 3025, Cashco 2870, Pheasant Inn 2787. Games 50 or more above average: Ed Phelps 258 (+100); Gene Ackland 265 (+87); Ken Tonsager 226 (+59). Series 100 or more above average: Gene Ackland 715 (+181); Ed Phelps 580 (+106). Early Risers Standings: 10th Hole 16-8, Gandy Dancer 13-11, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 12-12, A+ Sanitation 7-17. Individual games: Pam Dildine (10th) 189, Donna Crain (GD) 186, Claudia Peterson (GD) 175. Individual series: Pam Dildine (10th) 477, Donna Crain (GD) 447, Lylah Nelson (A+) 427. Team games: A+ Sanitation 732, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 712, Gandy Dancer 695. Team series: A+ Sanitation 2037, Gandy Dancer 2020, Gayle’s Northwoods Hair Design 1944. Games 50 or more above average: Donna Crain 186 (+52). Thursday Night Ladies Standings: Dolls w/Balls 15-5, Webster Motel 10-10, Pour House 9-11, Rollettes 6-14. Individual games: Marisa Churchill (Dw/B) 170, Daphne Churchill (Dw/B) 165, Brenda Swett (R) 163. Individual series: Daphne Churchill (Dw/B) 470, Marisa Churchill (Dw/B) 452, Brenda Swett (R) 439. Team games: Dolls w/Balls 701, Rollettes 662, Webster Motel 644. Team series: Dolls w/Balls 1986, Rollettes 1914, Webster Motel 1896.

Denny’s Downtown Lanes

Sunday Afternoon Mixed Standings: Spare Us 32, Blind 27, Redneck Coon Hunters 23, Team Siren 18, George’s Angels 16, The Pacifiers 10. Women’s games: Lori Dake 153, Barbara Loomis 152, Ernie Meyer 132. Women’s series: Lori Dake 415, Barbara Loomis 373, Ernie Meyer 369. Men’s games: Scott Lamphere 166, Jim Loomis 162, Issac Jewell 148. Men’s series: Scott Lamphere 428, Jim Loomis 416, Issac Jewell 411. Team games: George’s Angels 384, Redneck Coon Hunters & Spare Us 383. Team series: Spare Us 1130, Redneck Coon Hunters 1115, Blind 1080.






Madison basketball tourney on “State high school basketball way out? tournaments were meant to be The possible demise of the played on the hardwood floor WIAA state basketball tournaof the major state university ment in Madison continues to basketball team.” be a hot topic throughout the state. Apparently Kohl Center Skill set or style of play? availability issues – due to the Some fans say it’s because high school tourtoday’s defensive play is much ney’s potential conflicts with stronger, while others say it’s University of Wisconsin sportbecause these days ing events – may force the each basketball possession is WIAA to move the classic elseoften managed more like a footwhere. Currently the Resch ball possession. Whatever the Center in suburban Green Bay THE SPORTS case, we are now firmly enappears to be the front-runtrenched in an era when 50 ner for hijacking the tournapoints is considered to be ment from our capital city. The a healthy boys basketball scorchange of venue could take ing total. (And more often than place as early as 2013 or not, a 50-point output will carry 2014 unless an 11th-hour solution is a team into the win column). found. Others claim the reduced output is Eminent Wisconsin State Journal simply due to the simple fact that there sportswriters Tom Oates and Rob Her- are fewer good shooters being developed nandez have recently penned articles these days. Its seems that in the distant which have addressed the ominous prob- past, youth might’ve spent the vast maability of the tourney’s departure and jority of their overall basketball Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has also time honing their shooting skills in vowed to make a strong effort to keep the the playevent in Madison where the boys tour- ground, driveway, machine shed, hayney has been held in 91 of the past 92 mow or gym with only a handful of acyears. (Wisconsin Rapids in 1936 being tual games being played over the course the only exception). The WIAA girls state of an organized season. While today’s tournament has been in Madison every youth basketball players may have the year since its inception in 1976. opportunity to play in four or more orAs Soglin noted recently in his blog: ganized games per week (even in the

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summer) one wonders how many hours are spent honing the fundamental skill of shooting the basketball during the course of that game-filled week as well as outside the organized season(s). It’s funny how things go in cycles. Those of us who are in our 50s and 60s grew up around old-time ex-players from the prior generation who shook their heads and “tsk-tsked” over what they called a “run and gun” style of play. And now here we are today as hopeless old dinosaurs ourselves, hoping in vain to see a 76-70 score once in a while as opposed to the now-typical 4438. Remember when Cumberland beat Ashland 98-90 in the sectional final at Spooner back in 1965? Spaniard influence There is some early evidence that the popularity of Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio is beginning to spread. More and more young basketball players appear to be taking as much pleasure in setting up a teammate for a bucket as they are in scoring themselves. Assists are always cool, whether conventional, between the legs, behind the back, or via an alley-oop. Another old-timer makes the scene It was about 20 years ago when Brock Brunberg made the news for scoring his 1,000th point in a Frederic Vikings uniform. Later, Brunberg served a successful

P O R T S stint as Siren’s boys basketball coach, helping develop the games of ex-Dragon greats such as Chad Songetay, Tom Swanson, Tristen Oustigoff and Conrad St. John. Recently, spies have spotted Brunberg in the bleachers at the Siren gymnasium quietly observing the undefeated Dragons at play. Statement game sets up showdown in Siren The Frederic boys earned their 10th victory of the season when they hammered the Central Lakeland’s second-place Turtle Lake Lakers Monday night. The easy win means that the Vikings are on a mission to show that last month’s 31-point loss to Siren will not happen again when the teams have their rematch this Friday. Twins caravan visits Leader Land Among the throngs who took in the recent visit of the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan was local Red Rock Radio executive Ron Revere. Revere’s operation is the entity which brings local high school basketball broadcasts to the region. (see Extra Points section elsewhere on these pages). Informants on the scene say that Revere took the time to pose for a photograph with Twins outfielder Ben Revere. John Ryan may be reached at


LEADER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL Team Siren Dragons Unity Eagles Grantsburg Pirates Frederic Vikings Webster Tigers Luck Cardinals St. Croix Falls Saints


Conf. 6-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 1-5 0-6

Scores Friday, January 20 Grantsburg 46, Frederic 37 Siren 52, Unity 32 Luck 39, Webster 25 Saturday, January 21 Frederic 51, Lanesboro 38 Monday, January 23 Frederic 69, Turtle Lake 34 Tuesday, January 24 Grantsburg 53, Amery 47 Ellsworth 55, Luck 40 Osceola 51, St. Croix Falls 40 Upcoming Friday, January 27 7:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Luck (DH) Frederic at Siren (DH) St. Croix Falls at Unity (DH) Monday, January 30 TBA Webster at Hayward 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Turtle Lake Tuesday, January 31 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake Luck at Turtle Lake

GIRLS BASKETBALL Overall 14-0 8-4 9-3 8-5 5-8 5-8 2-9


Standings Conf. 8-1-0 Scores

Overall 13-2-0

Friday, January 20 Blizzard 6, Legacy Christian, Minn., 5 Tuesday, January 24 Blizzard at Moose Lake, Minn. (no stats available) Upcoming Friday, January 27 3 p.m. Becker/Big Lake, Minn., vs. Blizzard at Siren Saturday, January 28 3 p.m. River Falls vs. Blizzard at Siren Tuesday, January 31 7:30 p.m. Blizzard at Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson, Minn. Thursday, February 2 7 p.m. Spooner vs. Blizzard at Siren


Upcoming Thursday, January 26 7 p.m. Clear Lake vs. LFG at Luck St. Croix Falls at Unity Thursday, February 2 7 p.m. St. Croix Falls at St. Croix Central

Team St. Croix Falls Saints Siren Dragons Grantsburg Pirates Unity Eagles Frederic Vikings Luck Cardinals Webster Tigers


Conf. 6-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 1-5 0-6

Scores Thursday, January 19 Cameron 81, St. Croix Falls 56 Friday, January 20 Siren 45, Unity 39 Luck 40, Webster 20 Grantsburg 61, Frederic 59 Tuesday, January 24 Barron 57, St. Croix Falls 46 Luck 44, New Auburn 9 Spooner 64, Siren 27 Turtle Lake 53, Frederic 47 Upcoming Thursday, January 26 7:30 p.m. Prairie Farm at Unity Friday, January 27 6 p.m. Grantsburg at Luck (DH) Frederic at Siren (DH) St. Croix Falls at Unity (DH) Monday, January 30 7:30 p.m. St. Croix Falls at Clear Lake Tuesday, January 31 7:30 p.m. Luck at Northwood Unity at Osceola Cornell at Siren Thursday, February 2 7:30 p.m. Luck at Clear Lake Webster at Shell Lake

Overall 9-2 6-6 9-3 7-5 6-8 5-6 1-11

WSFLGUS Blizzard

OSCEOLA – Event organizers of Osceola’s Big Chill Fest have added a 5K run to the mix of activities. Organized by Wild River Fitness, the 5K will start and stop at the Big Chill main gate. “The addition of a 5K is such a natural fit for the event,” according to run organizer Mike Colaizy, personal trainer at the fitness center. “The entire day features so many ways for people to be active during the winter months, and a run like this is a great way to start the day.” The Big Chill Fest begins Friday, Feb. 17, with an evening luminary ski and walk at Schillberg Park near Osceola High School. Organized by the Osceola Boy Scouts, the ski and walk starts at 7 p.m., includes fire pits and hot chocolate, and is ideal for all ages. The 10 a.m. 5K kicks off the rest of the activities the next day. By 11 a.m. there will be broomball and kickball tournaments, horse-drawn wagon rides, a kids As in that classic old American song “Ol’ Man River,” the Swami “must know somethin’. Because he just keeps rollin’ along.” His predictably brilliant 142 record last week raised his season mark to 93-22, or 81 percent. “And I’d especially like to thank all the coaches and THE SWAMI players who read this section every week and seem to go out of their way to try to make me look like a genius. I really appreciate that, “ said the King, noting that he had recorded a perfect record two of the three preceding weeks.

The Swami


5K added to Big Chill Fest

Overall 9-10-0

Scores Friday, January 20 Blizzard 4, Northland Pines 2 Saturday, January 21 Hayward/Spooner 5, Blizzard 2 Upcoming Saturday, January 28 5 p.m. Silver Bay, Minn., vs. Blizzard at Grantsburg Monday, January 30 8 p.m. Blizzard at Superior Thursday, February 2 7 p.m. Moose Lake, Minn., vs. Blizzard at Grantsburg


Saturday, January 28 10 a.m. St. Croix Falls at Hudson Grantsburg at Hudson Tuesday, January 31 6:30 p.m. Grantsburg at Rush City, Minn.

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This week’s games Boys Grantsburg 50, Luck 38 – In preceding years, this match was a dogfight. But this time the Cardinals are in for a long night. Unity 55, St. Croix Falls 41 – Unity shows that they’re one of the best. The Saints won’t do well in the Eagles nest.

activity tent, ice skating, and food. The popular chili cook-off will also return to the fest as will the lighted parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Registrations and entry fees are required for the 5K, both tournaments and the chili cook-off. That information is available at Presented by Osceola Medical Center’s Wild River Fitness, the Big Chill is expected to be bigger and better this year,” according to Lanette Johnson of OMC. “The day offers something for just about everybody. Thanks to many local organizations, we have created a really fun festival that the whole family can enjoy.” Those organizations include OMC, WRF, Osceola Schools, Osceola Lions, Osceola Boy Scouts, village of Osceola, Osceola parade committee and RCU. A complete list of activities and sponsors is also available at – submitted Siren 60, Frederic 49 – A much closer game than the last time they clashed. Still, Viking hopes for an upset are once again dashed. Hayward 53, Webster 35 – This year’s Tigers have felt aches and some pains. The next to inflict them are Hurricanes. Grantsburg 57, Pine City 53 – Grantsburg wins another close one. Turtle Lake 53, St. Croix Falls 51 – A near upset. Luck 43, Turtle Lake 41 – The Cards prevail in the Lakers lair. St. Croix Falls 60, Clear Lake 43 – The Saints coast to victory. Girls games Unity 58, Prairie Farm 37 – The Eagles soar to an easy win. Grantsburg 57, Luck 47 – The Pirates plunder the Cardinals. St. Croix Falls 55, Unity 41 – A saintly performance. Frederic 53, Siren 52 – A stunning upset. St. Croix Falls 66, Clear Lake 50 – A nonconference recovery. Northwood 51, Luck 43 – Bad news for those who pine for a Luck victory. Siren 66, Cornell 38 – A rare nonconference win. The Swami cheerfully answers all emails and can be reached at




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tings in the upper Mississippi River since 1996, showing why positive DNA test results have raised even more flags in recent months. The testing process analyzes floating lipids from the carp that collect on the water surface, and is extremely time sensitive. “[The testing looks for DNA material] that gets slewed off of the fish, which tends to float,” Karns said. “But again, it doesn’t necessarily mean the fish is there.” Karns said the invasion fronts - where they are actually reproducing and spawning - for the four species vary, but said silver and bigheads have taken hold as far north as Dubuque, Iowa, black carp in Missouri and grass carp possible in Lake Pepin, “but not as an explosive population.” But he said silver carp DNA positives have shown up several times on the St. Croix between Franconia, Minn., and the dam at Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls. “That was quite alarming,” he said. “Very significant.” Further tests last year showed extensive positives on the Mississippi, from Hastings, Minn., north to the Coon Rapids dam. But he said they even had DNA hits above that dam in three of 19 tests, which he again called “very troubling.”

Four species, multiple threats, and even more questions on Asian carp by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Some types of Asian carp fly like supercharged, random water acrobats - flinging themselves up to 10 feet off the water and wreaking havoc on canoeists, skiers, boaters and they affect the ecosystem like few other invasive critters. Even worse, recent DNA tests suggest that some of them may be here already. Under an umbrella of four species of Asian carp - silver, grass, bighead and black - the invasive fish are not only a major threat to local rivers, such as the St. Croix, they present unique challenges that test every attack strategy and notion, and not just because of that whole flying thing. “If nothing else, Asian carp present good theater!” admits National Park Service biologist Byron Karns, who held a frank and honest presentation on the carp enemies and their pending invasion of the scenic riverway on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the NPS headquarters in St. Croix Falls. Four species, separate threats While the silver carp are generally credited as the only true “flying” species, their solid, 40- to 60-pound bodies present other threats to the river, mainly with their voracious appetites for phytoplankton, “which is essentially the base of the food chain,” Karns said. The high-wire silvers leap out of fear when agitated, such as with a boat engine or even a canoe paddling. They can live up to 20 years, and they spawn at low water temps, which does not bode well for us. While the carp make for good YouTube video, they dramatically alter every water body they inhabit with their theatrics. “They can knock you out or even kill you as you drive your boat,” Karns said. But the silvers are not the only threatening species out of place, as bighead carp

All four species of Asian carp offer distinct threats to local waters. Pictured from top, silver carp, green carp, bighead carp and the black carp.– Photo courtesy the USGS also wreak havoc, eating zooplankton and, according to Karns, creating dangerous algae blooms in ponds. Grass carp are also a major threat and were first brought to the U.S. in the 1960s to clean ponds, “But within 10 years they had escaped.” Karns said. The grassers live five to 10 years, grow up to 4 feet long, weigh up to 40 pounds, and eat up to three times their body weight daily, excreting half of what they eat. “They change the whole dynamic of every system they work into,” Karns said ominously, noting how individual grass carp have been confirmed as far north as Red Wing, Minn., or Lake Pepin, but are generally limited in large populations in the Mississippi south of St. Louis, Mo.

“They can knock you out or even kill you as you drive your boat.” Byron Karns

NPS biologist Byron Karns is working to keep the flying carp, and their related carp species, out of the fragile St. Croix River, shown behind him. – Photo by Greg Marsten

The most dangerous carp But for the fragile St. Croix River, Karns is most worried about the black carp, because of their appetites for species unique to the riverway. “They may be the most damaging if they’re up this far,” he said, “due to the local mussels.” Yes, the black carp were even imported on purpose decades ago to control snail populations, and they can eat huge volumes of snails and mollusks. But they need warmer waters to spawn, meaning so far they haven’t been established much north of Missouri. “They’re voracious and damaging in what they eat,” he said, adding that they generally get up to 3 feet long, weigh 70 pounds and reportedly can get as large as 150 pounds. There are some sportsmen down south who have made shoestring businesses out of bowhunting the flying fish, and Karns admits that some people are actually looking forward to the fish’s invasion. That attitude is universally shocking, and he

noted a person not long ago who thought the sport-shooting potential was huge. He shakes his head when asked about the possibility of intentional invasions, but is concerned about people who actually look forward to such an exciting, challenging fish, even though it would destroy the native aquatic species forever.

Sounding alarms Karns is sounding the alarm now on the Asian carp threat, in part because of the very real test results of the past year, showing the presence of some Asian carp DNA in several regional rivers, tributaries and on both upstream and downstream sides of several dams and natural barriers. While recent revelations that silver carp DNA was discovered locally raised even more flags, Karns said it doesn’t necessarily mean the fish was truly here. “You need a fish in hand,” he said. The Asian carp reality hit home this past April, when a commercial fisherman caught a 27-pound bighead carp in Lake Pepin, showing the need for more testing and more action. However, there has been action already, going back as far as 2007, both at a federal level and extensively in Minnesota, with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and NPS taking the lead locally in testing and action. An ad hoc task force developing an action plan is also including the tribes, locals, municipalities and others, hoping to cull more data and monitor their invasion. The threat also led to the Asian Carp Prevention Control Act, using the centuryold Lacey Act which makes it illegal to transport Asian carp across state lines. President Obama signed the bill into law in 2010 which, according to Karns, has led to deep investigation into the species’ progress. The DNA issue That framework of action includes 13 initiatives, such as much more DNA testing on all four species, as well as investigation into possible solutions or limitations that can be implemented as confirmations come in. “They can migrate hundreds of miles over the course of a season,” Karns said, stating there have been 10 official spot-

Bubbles as a barrier The NPS is doing much more testing this spring and will also have results in the coming days of tests conducted last fall above the Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls dam, and not long after for results on the Minnesota River to the west. But the reality is that the St. Croix River is prime for silver carp spawning, with food, weather, water and pooling conditions that lend themselves to long-term problems. “Without a natural predator, it allows them to go crazy,” Karns said. Plans are emerging that include several possible ways to control or at least slow down that invasion front. Karns said studying their food dynamics for possible control at the source, as well as research into so-called “bubble barriers” may be quite effective in limiting upstream migrations. Those barriers utilize sound and light in a violent bubble stream, “It creates a curtain of activity,” Karns explained. “The light, the sound in the bubbles, it freaks them out.” There is discussion on building such a barrier at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers at Prescott, but the cost could go as high as $10 million, and not everyone agrees on the effectiveness. Karns said it may be more effective in a closer confine, like a lock and dam. Regardless, there may be action at a higher level in the coming months, according to Karns. He noted three summits on Asian carp invasions led by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, with implementing action by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar possibly close at hand. Wisconsin has not been as involved in the carp summits and has not bought into the bubble barrier possibility, but Karns said they do have very concerned agencies. Karns said they have a three-stage action plan under development, and he knows the time line is short. “It takes time for the Asian carp population to reach a critical mass,” he said. “But then, explosive growth occurs.” Never really going away Asian carp have been a part of Asian culture, and diets, for over two millennia, and are among the most prominent sources of protein in some regions. Amer-

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Winter chase ends with success Waiting for a permit to hunt a bobcat is about like waiting for a bear permit. You spend your $6 (was $3 prior to 2010) consecutively for about the average of five to six years and, finally, after the long Marty wait you get your perSeeger mit to hunt or even trap a bobcat. Depending on the year, howThe ever, you could be waiting a bit longer Bottom than the average fiveto six-year waiting peLine riod. DNR numbers forecasted a slight decline in the number of bobcats over the past couple of years. According to the DNR’s 2011 furbearing forecast, the bobcat population in the early 2000s, peaked to over 3,000 animals north of Hwy. 64. It was said that the population then stabilized, and hit a slight decline more recently to about 2,000 to 3,000 bobcats north of Hwy. 64. Bobcat hunting and trapping is only permitted north of Hwy. 64, but sightings farther south are becoming more frequent. The DNR is currently studying those populations south of Hwy. 64, and the $3 increase in the preference-point application




fee is helping to pay for that research. If the population holds between 2,000 and 3,000 bobcats, a person can expect about between 350 to 400 bobcat permits issued annually. And if that’s the case, I’ve probably got another four years or more of waiting before I can even really dream of going on a bobcat hunt of my own. But thanks to the youth transfer program created by the DNR, those getting a fresh start to the world of hunting don’t have to wait, which is a good thing considering some kids would need to wait until the age of 16 or older to be issued a permit. Hauk Moritz, 12, of Grantsburg, is a good example of the youth transfer program. On Saturday, Jan. 21, he was able to participate in his first-ever bobcat hunt because his grandpa, Ray Yerigan, was successful in drawing a bobcat tag and transferred it to Hauk. “He’s a hunting machine,” said dad Mike Moritz of his son Hauk. “He would do it again and again and again if he could.” Typically, bobcat hunting requires a lot of patience, and oftentimes, a long day of walking and sometimes inching your way through nasty tangles of brush and deep snow. “That’s what they (hound hunters) warned us about too. They told us to be prepared to walk,” Moritz said. But as it turns out, this hunt was a bit easier when compared to most other bobcat hunts. Hauk had the help of some savvy hound dogs, and experienced hound hunters Fred Paulson, his son Brock Paulson and Joey Tilton. They had




found a few different sets of bobcat tracks that Saturday, but decided on which one looked the hottest. As it turns out, they made the right decision and Tilton’s hound ended up treeing the large cat after a chase that ended in roughly 30 minutes but, of course, there was a lot more time involved with the hunt than just 30 minutes. The group took three different trips to the Hertel area, and covered an even wider landscape from Grantsburg to Minong, spending several hours and days in the field looking for tracks and trying to locate the best possible areas to hunt. Hauk was also running out of time to hunt, as there are two time periods, one running from Oct. 15 through Dec. 25, and period two lasting from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31. To make matters more challenging, a lack of snow didn’t help much in the Grantsburg area, and even though there was more snow near Minong, bobcats are elusive. They can run circles when being trailed by hounds before eventually going up a tree. Once they get up a tree they’ll leap to another one and create another trail to elude the hounds. If there’s a river, they’ll use that to their advantage too. “Since the river wasn’t totally frozen, and when it was just starting to freeze over, the bobcat would escape that way. Once they hit the ice without any snow, the dogs would lose the track,” Moritz said. The thrill of the chase was, no doubt, something Hauk and his dad Mike will ever forget, and simply seeing a bobcat up close and personal is enough. Mike





Hauk Moritz, 12, of Grantsburg, hoists up a 32-pound bobcat he shot while hunting east of Minong. Moritz was able to participate in the a bobcat hunt with the help of willing hunters with hounds, and a grandfather willing to transfer the coveted bobcat tag to his grandson. – Photo submitted said he’d never hunted bobcat before, but he and his father-in-law hunted coyotes and bears with hounds. Only once in his life was he successful in actually seeing a bobcat in the wild, but that was while driving on Hwy. 70 near the St. Croix River.

DNR takes over wolf management Problem areas to be addressed quickly PARK FALLS – Beginning Friday, Jan. 27, the gray wolf will no longer be considered a federally endangered species in Wisconsin and other parts of the western Great Lakes region. In Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources will manage the wolf population outside of tribal reservation lands. DNR officials said areas where wolves have attacked domestic animals will be addressed immediately. “We’ve been fighting hard to gain this authority, and we are grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for removing gray wolves in the Upper Midwest from the lists of endangered and threatened species,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “We are ready and capable of managing Wisconsin’s wolf population at a healthy, sustainable level and we welcome the opportunity to begin addressing those areas where problem wolves are attacking domestic animals.” Wisconsin regulations will treat the gray wolf as a protected wild animal, which means that authorization from the DNR is required before a person can attempt to “take” or kill a wolf. There are currently no plans for a hunting season on wolves. This would involve a change in state law and a public rule-making process. Wisconsin’s 1999 wolf management

Asian carp continued ican-raised carp are considered a high-end food delicacy overseas, because of our better water quality. But carp have a certain stigma in the U.S., and have never been accepted as a viable food source by the masses. Even that may be changing, as recent news of a carp-processing facility moving into Wabasha, Minn., was just announced last week. Karns admits that even if we all suddenly develop a hunger for the fish, they are so dominating and intrusive, they comprise between 80 to 90 percent of all fish mass in parts of the Illinois River, where they have exploded. “A high population of them [in the Illinois] are dying, and they are eating them-

plan and a 2007 addendum to the plan will be the basis of wolf management in the state. These documents outline the conservation strategy for Wisconsin’s wolf population, as well as outlining the approach for controlling depredation situations. Copies of these documents can be found on the department Web site at Landowners or people leasing land will have authority to shoot wolves only when in the act of attacking domestic animals on their land. They also will be able to get permits to shoot any wolf coming on their land if they have experienced wolf problems within the last two years. Any wolf shot or trapped by a landowner or leaseholder must be reported to the DNR within 24 hours. The carcass must be turned over to the DNR. Conditions under which control permits will be issued include the following five situations: • Landowners have had verified attacks on livestock or pets on their property within the last two years can request permits. • Landowners with vulnerable pets or livestock, and whose property lies within one mile of a property with a depredation during the same year. • Farmers with livestock in a DNR-designated “proactive control area.” • Farmers who have had verified harassment of livestock. • Any landowner in an area where a perceived human safety situation occurs. Under the rule published by USFWS in

late December, which takes effect Friday, gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment will no longer be considered either endangered or threatened by the federal government. The segment includes the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota and portions of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Along with permits to landowners, the services of U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Service trappers will again be available to trap and remove problem wolves in Wisconsin. USDA-Wildlife Service, which operates in Wisconsin under a contract with the DNR, will be available to investigate reports of wolf depredations and, when wolf depredations are verified, would be authorized to capture problem wolves. Because suitable wolf habitat is saturated in Wisconsin, wolves captured at depredation sites will not be relocated but will be euthanized. With the federal delisting of wolves, states will be required to continue monitoring of the state wolf populations for the next five years. The department currently uses a system of radio-tracking collared wolves, snow-track surveys and collection of public wolf observations to track population trends. The DNR will continue to recruit and train citizen volunteers to assist with wolf management, primarily through tracking surveys. During the winter of 2010-2011, biologists estimated a population of about 800

selves out of house and home,” Karns said. “But they’re also reproducing.” Investigation continues into ways to not only limit Asian carp migration, but somehow allow upstream migration for other native species. “The problem, for the most part, is that these invasive species are never going away,” Karns said with a shrug. “Think dandelions in your yard. The reality is that it may be too late for some species.” He pointed out that numerous invasive species have now become part of our environment, from brown trout to ringnecked pheasants. “Lots of invasive species are now part of our culture,” he admitted. “At least we’re paying attention.” When giant fish fly 10 feet out of the water, it’s hard not to pay attention.

Silver carp can fly up to 10 feet out of the water, potentially injuring or even killing boaters and canoeist, while also destroying local ecosystems. – Photo courtesy the USGS

wolves in Wisconsin. The results of this winter’s surveys will be available in the spring. – from the DNR

Hailey Hunter of Webster caught a 21walleye while fishing with family on Yellow Lake on Sunday, Jan. 22. – Photo submitted


Village of Webster 7505 Main Street • Webster, WI 54893 February 14, 2012, 6 p.m. The Village of Webster will conduct a public hearing regarding its proposed application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The public is invited to attend to learn about the CDBG program, to help identify additional local housing and community development needs and to comment on the activities proposed to be included in the CDBG application. The agenda for the public hearing is: 1. Identification of total potential funds. 2. Eligible CDBG activities. a. Economic Development b. Public Facilities c. Housing (1) Rehabilitation (2) Homebuyer Assistance (3) Special Housing Projects d. Public Facilities for Economic Development (PFED) 3. Presentation of identified housing and community development needs. 4. Identification of housing and community development needs by public. 5. Presentation of activities proposed for CDBG application, including potential residential displacement. 6. Citizen input regarding proposed and other CDBG activities. Residents of the Village of Webster are encouraged to attend, especially residents with low to moderate incomes. The meeting room is handicapped accessible. Persons needing additional accessibility accommodations should contact the Village Clerk, Patty Bjorklund, at 715-8664211. 553168 23-24L WNAXLP


(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. RAYMOND SCHULLER, et al. Defendants Case No. 08 CV 668 Hon. Molly E Galewyrick, Br. 1 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on December 8, 2008, in the amount of $222,063.60, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: February 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances, and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Lot 3 of CSM No. 3931 recorded in Volume 17 of CSM, Page 194, as Document No. 644993, Located in part of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4, Section 1, Township 32 North, Range 19 West, Said land being in the Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 2483 50th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020. TAX KEY NO: 022-00028-0300. Dated this 15th day of December 2011. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar # 1034906 6508 South 27th Street, Ste. #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

Jan. 18: Matthew C. Matrious, 22, Danbury, was arrested for a bond violation. Other incidents Jan. 22: Daniel L. Burton, Luck, reported a fish shack on

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY EVERBANK Plaintiff, vs. BRIAN S. COWAN and ANA J. COWAN, husband and wife; and WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; and ST. CROIX REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.; Defendants. Case No. 11-CV-515 Code O. 30404 FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE DOLLAR AMOUNT GREATER THAN $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 21, 2011, in the amount of $141,083.59, the sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: February 23, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A part of Outlot 75 of the Assessor’s Plat of the Village of Centuria, Polk County, Wisconsin, being a part of the Northeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter (NE1/4 SE1/4) of Section Eleven (11), Township Thirty-Four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Beginning at a point which is 473.80 feet West and 300 feet South of the Northeast corner of Outlot 75; thence West 150 feet parallel to the North line of Outlot 75; thence South 100 feet along the West line of Outlot 75; thence East 150 feet parallel to the North line of Outlot 75; thence North 100 feet along the West Street right of way to the point of beginning. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 813 Superior Avenue, Village of Centuria. TAX KEY NO.: 111-00130-0000. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.

(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 ANCHORBANK, FSB Assignee of S & C Bank Plaintiff vs. RICHARD L. VOLGREN THELMA A. VOLGREN GERALD C. VOLGREN DEBORAH A. VOLGREN CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA) DISCOVER BANK FIRST EQUITY CARD CORPORATION CACH NCO Portfolio Management Assignee of Capital One JOHN DOE #1, JOHN DOE #2, JOHN DOE #3 AND JOHN DOE #4 Defendants. Case No: 11CV234 Case Code: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on August 22, 2011, in the amount of $169,773.09, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said county, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot One (1) of Certified Survey Map No. 5756 recorded in Volume 26 of Certified Survey Maps, Page 22 as Document No. 758039, located in the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4 of NE 1/4) of Section Eleven (11), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, Town of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, FORMERLY DESCRIBED AS the South 371 feet of the North 571 feet of the East 587 feet of NE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 11, Township 34 North, Range 17 West, Polk County, Wis. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1693 130th St., Balsam Lake, WI. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 29th day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt ColLection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose. 552296 WNAXLP


Polk County Highway Department Pursuant to Section 348.175, Wisconsin Statutes, the Polk County Highway Department declares that all county highways are eligible for increased weight limitations effective January 19, 2012, at 12:01 a.m. The frozen road declaration will remain in effect until a suspension is published in early spring. Steve Warndahl 553208 23L WNAXLP Polk County Highway Commissioner

Round Lake in the Town of Trade Lake broken into. A heater, tipups and jig poles were among the items taken. Jan. 22: Charles H. Peterson, Hugo, Minn., reported a snowplow taken from his cabin.



The February Meeting Will Be Held On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, At 7 p.m. Plan Committee Meeting Will Be Held At 6:30 p.m. At The Milltown Fire Hall. Virgil Hansen, Town Clerk

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(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Lucille Bernice Rose Soderberg DOB 05/05/1923 Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 12 PR 01 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth May 5, 1923, and date of death November 16, 2011, was domiciled in Polk County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 301 Lake Avenue North, Frederic, WI 54837. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 16, 2012. 5. A claim may be filed at the Polk County Courthouse, Balsam Lake, Wis., Room 500. Jenell L. Anderson Probate Registrar January 6, 2012 David L. Grindell GRINDELL LAW OFFICES, S.C. P.O. Box 585 Frederic, WI 54873 715-327-5561 Bar Number: 1002628

was arrested on a Burnett County warrant in Polk County. Jan. 16: Joseph F. Miller, 67, Shell Lake, was arrested on a Burnett County warrant.

(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2006-HE4 3476 STATEVIEW BLVD. FORT MILLS, SC 29715 Plaintiff vs. HOWARD B. MONTEITH A/K/A HOWARD R. MONTEITH 254 BROADWAY ST. AMERY, WI 54001 MOLLY I. MONTEITH 254 BROADWAY ST. AMERY, WI 54001 Defendants. PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 11 CV 764 Judge Anderson, Jeffery L. Case Code No. 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 11, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Lois Hoff, Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300 P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Christina M. Putman, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 230 W. Monroe St., Ste. 1125, Chicago, IL 60606. You may have an attorney help represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: December 30, 2011. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Christina M. Putman State Bar No. 1075422 Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.

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Arrests and citations Jan. 16: Maxine M. Whitefield, 30, North Branch, Minn.,




The Polk County Land Information Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the Government Center (1st floor, County Boardroom) to consider an existing wireless telecommunication facility. The hearing will open at 8:45 a.m. and at 9 a.m. the Committee will recess to view the site of the wireless telecommunication facility. At 10:45 a.m. the Committee will reconvene at the Government Center to hear the Conditional Use request as submitted to them by Central States Tower Holdings. The site is located at: 1893 West Church Rd. The property description is: Part of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Section 24/T32N/R18W, Town of Alden. The owners of the property are Dwight and James Pederson. 552773 21-23L 12a,d WNAXLP

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(Jan. 25) NOTICE IN REPLEVIN STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Case Code 31003 Case No. 12-SC-13 To: KRISTINA L. GATES You are hereby notified that a summons and complaint has been issued to recover possession of the following described goods and chattels, to-wit: 2007 PONTIAC G6, ID# 1G2ZM587674155105 of which I, the plaintiff, am entitled to the possession, and which you have unjustly taken and unlawfully detain from me. NOW THEREFORE, unless you shall appear in the Circuit Court of Polk County, located in the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, State of Wisconsin, on February 6, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., before the calendar judge or any other judge of said court to whom the said action may be assigned for trial, judgment will be rendered against you for the delivery of said property to the plaintiff and for damages for the detention thereof and for costs. Dated at Milwaukee, WI, this 19th day of January, 2012. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., Plaintiff By: Jerome C. Johnson, Attorney State Bar #1016307 839 N. Jefferson St., #200 Milwaukee, WI 53202 Tel.: 414-271-5400 P.O. No.: 1807.61

Employment Opportunities/Notices


(Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY In the matter of the name change of: Estelle Marie Box By (Petitioner) Marie Margaret Chenal Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 12CV20 NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above: From: Estelle Marie Box To: Estelle Marie Chenal Birth Certificate: Estelle Marie Box IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Polk County, State of Wisconsin: Judge’s Name: Judge Anderson Place: Polk County Justice Center 1005 W. Main Street Balsam Lake, WI Date: Feb. 24, 2012 Time: 4 p.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 715-4859299 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Jeffery Anderson Circuit Court Judge January 10, 2012

Capital One Bank vs. Tami Boese, Siren, $4,246.85.


Burnett Medical Center vs. Kevin W. Christianson, Grantsburg, $2,618.60.

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Employment Opportunities/Notices Phoenix G. Johnson, 1 month, Town of Dewey, died Jan. 1, 2012. Harry D. Rudisell, 92, Grantsburg, died Dec. 21, 2011. Doris K. Casper, 84, Town of Trade Lake, died Jan. 5, 2012.


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(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Contractors Capital Corporation 10527 165th Street West Lakeville, MN 55044 Plaintiff, vs. The Collovas, LLC 715 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Patrick C. Collova 715 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Gerald J. Smith 11160 190th Avenue Elk River, MN 55330 Jennifer L. LaVenture 663 236th Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 Gerald J. LaVenture 663 236th Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017 Liza A. Knutson 212 Hwy. 35 Osceola, WI 54020 M & I Marshall and Ilsley Bank 651 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402 P.C. Collova Builders, Inc. 719 West Shore Drive Somerset, WI 54025 Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 10-CV-469 Foreclosure of Mortgage Code #30404 Judge Robert H. Rasmussen By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered in the above-referenced action on the 11th day of February, 2011, I will sell at public auction at the main entrance of the Polk County Justice Center, 1005 West Main Street, Suite 300, in the City of Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the following described mortgaged premises, as one parcel, to-wit: Lots 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34 and Roadways for Cattail Coulee Plat; all in the County Plat of Cattail Coulee, Town of Farmington, Polk County, Wisconsin. TERMS: 1. 10% cash or certified check down payment at time of sale, balance due upon confirmation by Court. 2. Sale is subject to all unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. 3. Purchaser shall pay any Wisconsin real estate transfer fee. Dated at Balsam Lake, Wis., December 27, 2011. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County Michael L. Brutlag (#123225) BRUTLAG, HARTMANN & TRUCKE, P.A. 3555 Plymouth Boulevard Suite 117 Minneapolis, MN 55447-1399 Telephone: 763-222-2503 2860-200

The Burnett County Highway Department will receive sealed prices until 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2012, on the following items: (2) TRIAXLE TRUCK CHASSIS (1) PICKUP CAB/CHASSIS Please mark on the outside of your envelope: TRUCK CHASSIS OR PICKUP CHASSIS. Complete specifications can be obtained from Steve Washkuhn, Shop Foreman, Burnett County Highway Department, 8150 Highway 70, Siren, WI 54872. Telephone number 715349-5345 (ext. 1457). The Burnett County Highway Committee reserves the right to reject any or all of the prices or to accept the price they deem most advantageous to Burnett County and to waive any irregularities in the proposal process. 553323 23-24L 13-14a By order of the Burnett County Highway Committee

The Siren Sanitary District will hold their monthly Board Meeting on Thurs., Feb. 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Siren Town Hall. Immediately following the Sanitary District Meeting the Town of Siren will hold their monthly Board Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m. The agenda will be posted. If you wish to be on the agenda, please call Mary Hunter, Clerk. Mary Hunter, Clerk, 715-349-5119 553209 23-24L WNAXLP (Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY WESTCONSIN CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. JUANITA E. LAURITSEN, JOHN DOE LAURITSEN unknown spouse of Juanita E. Lauritson, CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), Defendants Case No. 11CV555 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on November 22, 2011, in the amount of $12,963.51, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 23rd day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: The South 100 feet of the East 214.5 feet of the South 15 Rods of the East 32 Rods in the SW1/4 of the NW1/4, Section 32, Township 35 North, Range 16 West, Town of Georgetown, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1851 W. Bone Lake Drive, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 28th day of December, 2011. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

(Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff vs. RICKY W. TROFF PATRICIA J. TROFF XYZ CORPORATION ABC PARTNERSHIP JOE DOE MARY ROWE Defendants Case No: 10CV206 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on January 19, 2011, in the amount of $106,444.99, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said county, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot 1 of CSM No. 3353 located in the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4, Section 15, Township 33 North, Range 17 West, Town of Garfield, Polk County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1451 90th Avenue, Amery, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 9th day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose. 552733 WNAXLP



The School District of Webster is accepting applications for a part-time K - 4 IMC Aide. This is five-day per week temporary position working half days. Rate of pay is $13.99 per hour. Candidates should have proven ability to work collaboratively with staff and students, a strong background in integrating technology into instruction and experience with large and small group instruction. Please direct applications to Martha Anderson, Principal, at P.O. Box 9, Webster, WI 54893. Applications are available for download at or at the Administration Office. The application deadline is Friday, February 10. 553412 23-24L


Take notice that a public hearing will be held at the Village Office, 7505 Main Street, Webster, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, At 5:45 p.m., for the purpose of consideration of zoning variances for Ken Erickson, for his properties and residences located at 26601 Lakeland Avenue North and 26384 Lakeland Avenue South. The properties are zoned C2, Highway Commercial District. The request is to erect a 8’ x 12’ 2-sided sign on 26384 Lakeland Avenue South and erect a 8’ x 32’ “V” shaped sign on 26601 Lakeland Avenue North. The board will hear all interested persons, or their agents or attorneys, and thereafter will make a decision on the requests. For additional information please contact: Patrice Bjorklund, Village Clerk 7505 Main Street West Webster, WI 54893 Phone: 715-866-4211 553391 23L WNAXLP

OAK GROVE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION COUNCIL MEETING FEBRUARY 2012 Meeting will be held at the Village of Webster office on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at 6 p.m., in the Village Hall. Roll call; review and approval of minutes of last meeting; review and approval of treasurer report; old business; new business (Veterans memorial discussion, member replacement); adjourn. Jeff Roberts, Board President Oak Grove Cemetery, Patrice Bjorklund, Sexton P.O. Box 25, Webster, WI 54893 • 715-866-4211

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(Jan. 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York as Trustee for the Certificate Holders of the CWABS, Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-17 Plaintiff, vs. SCOTT R. WALLIS 1227 150TH ST. SAINT CROIX FALLS, WI 54024 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SCOTT R. WALLIS 1227 150TH ST. SAINT CROIX FALLS, WI 54024 Defendants PUBLICATION SUMMONS Case No. 11 CV 686 Judge Anderson, Jeffery L. Case Code No. 30404 THE STATE OF WISCONSIN To each person named above as Defendant: You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. Within 40 days after January 11, 2012, you must respond with a written demand for a copy of the complaint. The demand must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is Lois Hoff, Clerk of Courts, Polk County Courthouse, 1005 West Main St. Ste. 300 P.O. Box 549, Balsam Lake, WI 54810 and to Adam C. Lueck, Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606. You may have an attorney help represent you. If you do not demand a copy of the complaint within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated: December 27, 2011. Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.


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POLK COUNTY POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS Social Worker – Child Protective Service’s Full-Time positions – 37.5 hr/week Deadline to apply: Jan. 30, 2012



CNA ** Part time With Additional Shifts Available 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. - 9/10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. Deadline to apply: February 6, 2012 Social Service Assistant Part-time 20 hr./week Deadline to apply: Feb. 1, 2012

$12.92/hr. $13.32/hr. $13.42/hr. $14.99/hr

YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR POLK COUNTY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO BE ELIGIBLE. For applications, complete position requirements and details, please visit our Web site at, Job Opportunities, or in person at 100 Polk County Plaza, #229, Balsam Lake, WI, 54810, 715-485-9176. **Please mail C.N.A. applications directly to GAM, 220 Scholl Ct., Amery, WI, 715-268-7107. Please, no faxed applications. AA/EEOC 553409 23L (Dec. 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY Branch 2 ANCHORBANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. CEE BEE GEE, LLC GERMAIN/ZAHNOW, LLC DAVID J. CALLEJA JANE DOE CALLEJA, Unknown Spouse of David J. Calleja, ROBIN BEAUVAIS JANE DOE BEAUVAIS, Unknown Spouse of Robin Beauvais, MICHAEL J. GERMAIN JANE DOE GERMAIN, Unknown Spouse of Michael J. Germain, SCOTT C. ZAHNOW JANE DOE ZAHNOW, Unknown Spouse of Scott C. Zahnow, Defendants. Case No. 11CV132 Foreclosure: 30404 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE By virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above-entitled action on October 24, 2011, in the amount of $190,427.60, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said county, on the 8th day of February, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: Lot Three (3) of Certified Survey Map No. 3493 recorded in Volume 16 of Certified Survey Maps on page 6 as Document No. 619899 located in the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), and the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4), Section Thirty-four (34), Township Thirty-four (34) North of Range Eighteen (18) West, Town of St. Croix Falls, Polk County, Wisconsin. Together with an easement for ingress and egress over, across and as shown on Lot One (1) of said Certified Survey Map and over and across that private roadway as shown

on Certified Survey Map No. 751. Except the following: A parcel of land located in part of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 34, Township 34 North, Range 18 West, Town of St. Croix Falls, being part of Lot 3 of Certified Survey Map No. 3493 as recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Commencing at the North Quarter corner of said Section 34; thence, on an assumed bearing along the north-south Quarter line of said Section 34, South 00 degrees 30 minutes 10 seconds East a distance of 2,008.68 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel to be described; thence North 89 degrees 20 minutes 02 seconds East a distance of 1,317.31 feet to the east line of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter; thence, along last said east line, South 00 degrees 37 minutes 49 seconds East a distance of 421.85 feet to the southeast corner of said Lot 3; thence along the south line of said Lot 3, South 89 degrees 20 minutes 02 seconds West a distance of 1,318.25 feet to above-said Quarter line; thence, along last said Quarter line, North 00 degrees 30 minutes 10 seconds West a distance of 421.85 feet to the point of beginning. TERMS OF SALE: Cash DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check within ten days after confirmation of sale. Dated this 23rd day of December, 2011. Peter M. Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Donald R. Marjala - Lawyer Spangler, Nodolf, Bruder & Klinkhammer, LLC P.O. Box 1165 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1165 (715) 830-9771 Attorneys for Plaintiff Pursuant to the Fair Debt ColLection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. Section 1692), we are required to state that we are attempting to collect a debt on our client’s behalf and any information we obtained will be used for that purpose. 552071 WNAXLP


POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT /s/ Peter Johnson QUARLES & BRADY LLP /s/ Roy L. Prange Jr. 33 East Main Street, Suite 900 Madison, WI 53703 Attorneys for Plaintiff, CEF Funding II, LLC, As Assignee of General Electric Capital Business Asset Funding Corporation.

Notices/Employment opportunities • Connect to your community

POSITION OPENINGS Lawson Manor, a new 16-bed CBRF in Luck, WI, is looking for CNAs that are on the WI registry.

CBRF certifications are a plus, but we will provide training to the right person. Qualified persons will be responsible, dependable, flexible, energetic, have cooking skills and food safety knowledge. Looking for persons to fill full-time and part-time openings on all evening and night shifts. If this sounds like a position for you, please come in and fill out/pick up an application Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

United Pioneer Home

623 S. 2nd St. (junction of Butternut Ave. and S. Second St.) Luck, WI 54853


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TOWN OF MILLTOWN Plan Committee Members The Town of Milltown is looking for members to sit on the Plan Committee Board. If interested, call the Clerk’s Office at 715-825-2494. Virgil Hansen, Town Clerk

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Permittee: Village of Frederic, Box 567, Frederic, WI 54837 Facility Where Discharge Occurs: Frederic Village of, 305 3rd Ave. South, Frederic, WI. Receiving Water and Location: Brown Brook and the Groundwater within the Trade River Watershed in the St. Croix River Basin, Polk County. Brief Facility Description: The Village of Frederic owns and operates a wastewater treatment facility designed to treat 140,000 gallons per day; actual flows were 88,000 gallons per day (2007-2009). The facility consists of three lagoons operated one after another (in series). Within these ponds naturally occurring bacteria and organisms already present in the wastewater break down the organic matter until the wastewater is able to meet discharge limits. The cleaned wastewater (effluent) is authorized to be discharged Brown Brook or to six seepage cells. The seepage cells are designed to allow the effluent to infiltrate to groundwater. To date the Brown Creek discharge location has not been used and only three of the seepage cells are utilized. There are six monitoring wells adjacent to the seepage cells that are sampled quarterly to identify any localized impact that discharges may have on groundwater quality. The Department has tentatively decided that the above-specified WPDES permit should be modified. The proposed modification date will be March 1, 2012, the expiration date will remain the same, September 30, 2015. CBOD limits have replaced the BOD limit of 50 mg/L with a monthly average 45 mg/L. The permittee requested to extend the variance that was approved for the surface water discharge as provided in Wis. Admin. Code NR 210.05(2)(f) to replace BOD5 monitoring and limits to the discharge to the land treatment system. The effluent stream can be sent to either the surface water outfall or the land treatment system; because there is no difference in the composition of the effluent the request was granted. The CBOD limits and monitoring for land treatment is consistent with those at other land treatment facilities. Permit Drafter: Sheri A. Snowbank, DNR, 810 Maple St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-4131, Basin Engineer: Michelle Balk, DNR, 810 W. Maple St., Spooner, WI 54801, 715-635-4054, Persons wishing to comment on or object to the proposed permit action, or to request a public hearing, may write to the Department of Natural Resources at the permit drafter’s address. All comments or suggestions received no later than 30 days after the publication date of this public notice will be considered along with other information on file in making a final decision regarding the permit. Anyone providing comments in response to this public notice will receive a notification of the Department’s final decision when the permit is issued. Where designated as a reviewable surface water discharge permit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowed up to 90 days to submit comments or objections regarding this permit determination. If no comments are received on the proposed permit from anyone, including U.S. EPA, the permit will be issued as proposed. The Department may schedule a public informational hearing if requested by any person and shall schedule a public informational hearing if a petition requesting a hearing is received from 5 or more persons or if response to this notice indicates significant public interest pursuant to s. 283.49, Stats. Requests for a public informational hearing shall state the following: the name and address of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the interest in the proposed permit of the person(s) requesting the hearing; the reasons for the request; and the issues proposed to be considered at the hearing. Information on file for this permit action, including the draft permit and fact sheet (if required), may be inspected and copied at the permit drafter’s and basin engineer’s office, Monday through Friday (except holidays), between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call the permit drafter or basin engineer for directions to their office location, if necessary. Information on this permit action may also be obtained by calling the permit drafter at 715635-4131 or by writing to the Department. Reasonable costs (usually 20 cents per page) will be charged for copies of information in the file other than the public notice and fact sheet. Permit information is also available on the Internet at: Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be made to qualified individuals upon request. 553261 23Lp WNAXLP

(Jan 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. TERRY MICHAEL MORTON, et al. Defendants Case No. 11 CV 202 AMENDED NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 21, 2011, in the amount of $801,756.66, the Polk County Sheriff will sell the premises described below at public auction as follows: DATE/TIME: January 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ADJOURNED TO February 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens, encumbrances and payment of applicable transfer taxes. PLACE: In the Lobby of the Polk County Justice Center, located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wis., 54810. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: That part of Government Lot 6, of Section 35, Township 35 North of Range 17 West, described as follows: Commencing at a stone monument 1,003.9 feet South and 50.0 feet East of the meander corner on the shore of Balsam Lake on the West line of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 17 West; thence East 334.0 feet to the meander line on the shore of Balsam Lake; thence along said shore meander North 8 deg. 00’ East 143.0 feet; thence North 15 deg. 25’ West 60.2 feet; thence West 339.0 feet; thence South 200.0 feet to the place of beginning. Said land being in the Town of Milltown, County of Polk and State of Wisconsin. ADDRESS: 1860 140th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810. TAX KEY NO: 040-01213-0000. Dated this 3rd day of January, 2012. Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff Mark R. Cummisford State Bar #1034906 6508 South 27th Street Suite #6 Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-761-1700 Cummisford, Acevedo & Associates, LLC, is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY ROYAL CREDIT UNION Plaintiff, vs. KAREN S. WALKER JOHN DOE WALKER, unknown spouse of Karen S. Walker, CARRIE C. SMITH, Defendants. Case No. 11CV301 Case Code: 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage NOTICE OF ADJOURNED SHERIFF’S SALE By virtue of a judgment of foreclosure and sale rendered in the above-entitled action on July 19, 2011, in the amount of $18,797.78, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the front entrance of the Polk County Courthouse in the City of Balsam Lake, in said County, on the 22nd day of March, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the judgment to be sold, therein described as follows: That part of Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NE 1/4 SE1/4), Section Thirty (30), Township Thirty-four (34) North, Range Eighteen (18) West, described as follows: Commencing at a point 719 feet West of the 1/4 post between Sections 29 and 30, Township 34, Range 18, then South parallel with the West Line of land described in Volume 80 of Deeds, Page 173 to the center of highway, then Westerly along center of highway 180 feet, then North to North Line of said 40, then East to beginning, also beginning at a point 719 feet West and 154 feet South of the 1/4 post between Sections 29 & 30, then South to center of highway leading to cemetery, then East and North along the center of said highway to a point due East to point of beginning, then West to beginning. Which mortgage was recorded in the Register of Deeds office for Polk County, Wisconsin, on July 18, 2005, in Volume 974, at Page 507, as Document #702072. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 660 Maple Drive, St. Croix Falls, Wis. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. DOWN PAYMENT: A deposit of 10% of sale price to be deposited in cash or by certified check with the Sheriff at the time of sale; balance to be paid by cash or certified check upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 17th day of January, 2012. /s/Peter M. Johnson Polk County Sheriff Attorney Christine A. Gimber WELD, RILEY, PRENN & RICCI, S.C. 3624 Oakwood Hills Parkway P.O. Box 1030 Eau Claire, WI 54702-1030 715-839-7786 Attorneys for Plaintiff This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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(Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY BRANCH 1 CEF FUNDING II, LLC, AS ASSIGNEE OF GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL BUSINESS ASSET FUNDING CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. CCF, INC, BIG M FOODS, INC., COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE, STATE OF MINNESOTA, ELIASCO, INC., STATE OF WISCONSIN, and AMTECH LIGHTING SERVICES, Defendants. Case No. 04-CV-390 Case Code: 30404 (Foreclosure of Mortgage) NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a Judgment of Foreclosure, entered in the aboveentitled matter, on December 7, 2005, the undersigned Sheriff of Polk County, Wisconsin, will sell at public auction at the Polk County Justice Center Lobby located at 1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810, on February 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., a portion of the real estate and mortgaged premises directed by the Judgment to be sold and therein described as follows: Parcel 1: Lot 1, Block 3, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin. Parcel 2: A strip of land 12 feet in width comprising all that part of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Section 27, Township 37 North, Range 17 West, bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the Northeast corner of Lot 1, Block 3 of the Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, according to the plat thereof on file and of record in the office of the Register of Deeds in and for said County; thence North along a North extension of the East line of said Lot 1 to a point intersection with a line running parallel with and 12 feet distant Northerly (measured at right angles) from the Northerly line of said Lot 1; thence Westerly along the last mentioned parallel line to a point of intersection with a North extension of the West line of said Lot 1; thence South to the Northwest corner of said Lot 1; thence Easterly to the point of beginning. Parcel 3: An easement over and across Lot 2, Block 3, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, Polk County, Wisconsin, described as follows: beginning at a point on the Northeast corner of Lot 2, Block 3, thence Westerly approximately 30 feet; thence Southeasterly to a point; approximately 40 feet from the point of beginning; said point being on East line of said Lot 2, Block 3, Original Plat of the Village of Frederic, thence to the point of beginning. Said easement being perpetual and for driveway purposes to and from said Lot 1. (Parcel No. 126-19-0) TERMS of SALE: Ten percent of the purchase price must be paid in cash or by cashier’s or certified check payable to the “Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court” at the time of sale. The balance of the purchase price will be payable upon confirmation of sale. Dated this 16th day of December, 2011.


(Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8) STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT POLK COUNTY HSBC MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. DOUGLAS A. NEIDERMIRE and LORI A. NEIDERMIRE, husband and wife and THE RIVERBANK Defendants. Case No. 10-CV-445 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on Aug. 20, 2010, in the amount of $297,109.97, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: Feb. 21, 2012, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Polk County Justice Center located at 1005 West Main St., Balsam Lake, Wis. DESCRIPTION: A parcel of land in the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Thirteen (13), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West, in Polk County, Wis., described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Southeast Quarter; thence South along the West line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), 345.0 feet to the point of beginning; thence due East 264.0 feet; thence due South 165.0 feet; thence due West 264.0 feet to the said West line of the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); thence North along said West line 165.0 feet to the point of beginning, excepting the right of way of the town road extending along the said West line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); AND A parcel of land in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4), Section Thirteen (13), Township Thirty-three (33) North, Range Nineteen (19) West described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Southeast Quarter thence South along West line of said Southeast Quarter 510 feet to the point of beginning; thence due East 264.0 feet; thence due South approximately 30 feet to the border of private road as it is presently traveled; thence West along North border of said road 264.0 feet to the West line of Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); thence North along said West line to the point of beginning; excepting the right of way of the town road extending along said West line of said Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SE1/4 of SW1/4); being approximately 0.18 acre. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 916 248th Street, Town of Osceola. TAX KEY NO.: 042-01029-0000. Peter M. Johnson Sheriff of Polk County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Ave. Ste. 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414-727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt.


Grantsburg Animal Hospital purchases Frederic Veterinary Clinic Dr. Larry Pederson greeted visitors to the retirement open house held in his honor. Pederson, who has been out of veterinary school for 55 years, started his Frederic Veterinary Clinic in 1959. The Leader hopes to do a feature story on Dr. Pederson and his career in the near future. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer Dr. and Mrs. Larry Pederson posed for a photo with Dr. Greg Palmquist and his wife Kathy (center), new owners of their practice, the Frederic Veterinary Clinic. The Palmquists, owners of the Grantsburg Animal Hospital and Wild River Veterinary Clinic, will be holding part-time office hours at the Frederic Clinic.

Glenn Meier of Bremer Bank visited with Dr. Greg Palmquist during an open house held at the Frederic Veterinary Clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 18, held to celebrate the sale of Dr. and Mrs. Larry Pederson’s practice to Palmquist and his wife, Kathy. The Palmquists are owners of the Grantsburg Animal Hospital and Wild River Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Greg Palmquist and Dr. Larry Pederson talked with Bruce Rowe at the retirement open house held for Pederson and his wife, Linda, at their Frederic Veterinary Clinic on Jan. 18. Dr. Palmquist and his wife, Kathy, owners of the Grantsburg Animal Hospital and Wild River Veterinary Clinic, recently purchased Pederson’s practice.

Larry and Renee Hedlund came from Siren to give their well wishes to Dr. Pederson on his retirement. “Larry’s been our vet since our kids were little,” said the Hedlunds of their longtime association with the Frederic veterinarian.

Loretta Lynn tribute at St. Croix Casino Danbury Feb. 18 DANBURY – Hear all of the greatest hits of the Coal Miner’s Daughter, country legend Loretta Lynn, at a special dinner show at St. Croix Casino Danbury on Saturday, Feb. 18. Also included in “Loretta Lynn and Friends – A Very Special Honorary Tribute” is music of Crystal Gayle, Patsy Cline, Cissy Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. An unforgettable show for all country music fans. Your ticket includes dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 18. Call St. Croix Casino Danbury marketing at 800-2388946 for credit card ticket orders. Visit the casino gift shop for cash sales. - submitted

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Battle lines drawn in Walker recall

ABOVE: Washburn County Recall Walker volunteer Paul Johnson holds up a box of recall petitions as he, along with representatives from other counties in Wisconsin, delivered petitions to the Government Accountability Board in Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 17. More than a million signatures from throughout the state were delivered, nearly double what was required to force a recall election that will target Walker, the lieutenant governor and four sitting Republican state senators. Republicans are now organizing to fight the recall effort beginning with recruiting volunteers to monitor the petition validation process. Democrats, meanwhile, are pondering who will run against Gov. Walker in the election, expected to be held sometime this summer. Former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk has announced she will run. Former Congressman Dave Obey has not ruled out running against Walker but only if the two candidates he believes are the best choices - Tom Barrett and Herb Kohl - decide not to run. LEFT: A billboard on Hwy. 35 north fo Siren encourages voters to support Gov. Walker. - Photo at left by Sherill Summer, photo above by John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal

DNR recommends burning storm damage debris now GRANTSBURG — The Wisconsin DNR urges people who own property in or near storm-damaged areas in Northwest Wisconsin to plan their brush reduction projects now rather than wait until the end of winter. While the ground is completely snow covered; burning permits are note required and you can burn any time of the day and any day of the week. Please not that once the snow melts or even if there is partial snow cover burning permits are required. According to Bob Hartshorn, forestry team leader at the Grantsburg Ranger Station, forest rangers want those folks who intend to burn anyway this winter, to do it now rather than later as we get closer to our typical spring time. Rangers are concerned that if large piles are burned too late in the winter there is a potential for hot embers remaining in those piles for weeks. Ash, for example, is excellent insulation and can allow embers to smolder for long periods of time without noticeable smoke or flame. Each year dozens of wildfires are caused when debris piles, which were believed to be out, continue to smolder and flame up again, sometimes in late April when the forest fire potential can be significant. For property owners who do not burn this winter, other options will need to be explored when the snow melts. Brush can be moved to a local brush collection site, or it can be chipped on-site. The DNR anticipates burning will be prohibited in the storm-damaged areas of Northwest Wisconsin by early spring. Fire restrictions will be implemented according to specific weather conditions and fire risk. The option of burning brush piles will not be available at that time. Currently DNR anticipates banning burning in parts of Polk, Burnett, Washburn and Douglas counties when the snow melts in the spring. More specifically, if you live west of Hwy. 87 from Cushing to Grantsburg, north of Hwy. 70 from the Minnesota state line to Spooner and west of Hwy. 53 from Spooner to Gordon, options for burning from the time the snow melts until green-up in June will be quite limited. — from Wisconsin DNR

Firefi fig ghters keep barn/shed fi firre from spreading A barn/shed fire was called in a just before 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at 1297 190th Ave., Town of Milltown, on the north side of Balsam Lake. Milltown Fire battled the blaze, with on-scene assistance and equipment from Balsam Lake Fire. Unity Area Ambulance was also there for possible medical treatment. A large utility shed/barn was a total loss, as was a tractor parked inside and a panel van parked outside. Milltown Fire will handle any investigation as to the cause. - Photo by Greg Marsten

Lois Taylor honored by county board

Burnett County Health and Human Services Director Katherine Peterson and Health and Community Services Committee Chairperson Chris Sybers presented aging services coordinator Lois Taylor (center) with a plaque in recognition for her 15-1/4 years of service during the Thursday, Jan. 19, meeting of the Burnett County Board of Supervisors. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer




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Local ambassador prepares for Europe event

SCF junior will take part in three-week venture

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer ST. CROIX FALLS – Call her Ambassador Taylor. At least for a spell this summer. St. Croix Falls junior Taylor Orton was recently selected as a representative for the People To People Student Ambassador exchange program, a unique international program first implemented as the brain child of President Dwight D. Eisenhower half a century ago. Taylor will be on a three-week venture across Spain, Italy and France as a representative of her school district, community, state, and yes, America. "It's kind of a mini-foreign-exchange program," Taylor said, having walked through the nomination, application and interview process, eventually learning of her selection last spring, with her departure set for late June. The PTP program started in 1963 as a foundation, touting " ... Global educational travel opportunities to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, making the world a better place for future generations." Having select participants from over 100 countries, traveling in 49 countries on all seven continents. it is known as a unique, intense and service-oriented excursion where service hours, tourism, history and activities come together. "I've always wanted to travel," Taylor said. "And this is to some of the best places in Europe!" Taylor is in the National Honor Society and is already involved in numerous activities, from basketball, cross country and track to time on yearbook staff, student council, Kinship mentoring, FFA and 4-H. If that isn't enough, she's also royalty on the St. Croix Falls queen’s court. It leaves her little time for a job, and the overseas trip doesn't come cheap, which means she put on her thinking cap and came up with some interesting and intriguing ways to raise the funds to make the PTP excursion happen. "I've already been selling 'stress kits,' mainly to husbands," she said with a grin, saying the "kits" include wine, candles, a relaxing CD, puzzles, chocolate and more. "We also have Valentine's kits." But the culmination of Taylor's idea is also timely: a daylong winter bazaar in support of her program, set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at the St. Croix Falls Senior Center. The event includes breakfast, spaghetti feed, a full craft sale with various vendors, silent auctions, raffles and a unique pre-Super Bowl appetizer sale - which she hopes is only slightly affected by a certain team's lack of inclusion. "My grandparents have been helping a lot on this," she said, as her family has assisted with coordination,

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planning, letters seeking donations, helpers and more. Taylor is also seeking prize and raffle donations; she'll even award a free raffle ticket to anyone who brings a used cell phone for recycling. Her goal is to raise $3,000 to make that trip come to fruition. "I have no idea what to expect! Just trying to get the word out there," she said with a shrug, noting that she is the lone local representative and among just a handful of student ambassadors from around the region. "There's around 40 people in our group who are going," she said. "We'll be doing various service projects, learning World War II history ... visiting the Vatican, Roman Coliseum, castles ... some of the best places in Europe!" She said the fundraising is making her try new approaches, ideas and build her confidence. "I'm learning new sales skills, also." Taylor is taking her PTP excursion very seriously, doing her homework on where she is headed, while also planning to visit places she has in mind. "I'm really intrigued by the monuments ... and am looking forward to the 'home stay' time," she said. "I'm super excited about that ... learning their daily lives." Prior to her learning last year that she had been chosen as a student ambassador, she had even made a list of places she wants to visit after high school. "Spain and Italy were on that list," she said with a shrug. "This worked out perfectly!" Taylor's winter bazaar is from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the St. Croix Falls Senior Center at 140 N. Washington St. in downtown St. Croix Falls. Yes, it is on one day, but there will a two-hour break - as Taylor has to head up the hill to play basketball for the Saints against Pine City, Minn. If you would like to assist with Taylor's fundraising either through donations of food, volunteer assistance or prizes, e-mail her directly at To find out more about PTP and the various programs they offer, go to

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris (L) and the Roman Coliseum are among the sites on the agenda for this summer’s People to People Student Ambassador trip. - Special photos


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Practicing some southern charm by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer DANBURY – Cast members of “Steel Magnolias” had fun practicing some Southern charm while holding their first read through for the Village Players Community Theatre’s August 2012 production. Robert Harling’s comedy/drama, set in a small Louisiana town in the 1980s, centers around the bond among a group of Southern women. And though it was just their first read through, it was easy to see a bond among the cast forming, too, as they began playing off each other’s lines. “The women in this play are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters,” noted the author in the play’s character descriptions. “They in no way, shape or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.” So while the group was definitely enjoying perfecting their Southern accents, in keeping with the author’s intent for his characters, they were working hard at not getting too campy in their portrayals. “Our first cast meeting and readthrough of the play was great,” said Ginna Erickson, the play’s director. “Our cast is very talented, and I’m looking forward to the summer!” Erickson and other VPCT Board members are thrilled at getting an early start for this summer’s production with performances set for July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5. “We are ahead of schedule,” commented VPCT Board President Kitty Holmquist, who also noted a redesign of the group’s Web site is currently in progress. “Look for our new Web site, coming

Cast members of “Steel Magnolias” had fun practicing some Southern charm while holding their first read-through for the Village Players Community Theatre’s July-August production. Performances will be held July 26- 29 and Aug. 2-5. Robert Harling’s comedy/drama, set in a small Louisiana town in the 1980s, centers around the bond among a group of Southern women. And though it was just their first read-through, it was easy to see a bond among the cast forming, too, as they began playing off each other’s lines. Cast members pictured (L to R) are: Kitty Holmquist, Lee Gillis, Olivia Main, Bunny Day and “Steel Magnolias” director, Ginna Erickson. - Photo by Priscilla Bauer soon. Online ticketing will be available on the site again this year with updates on this season’s performances and great photos of our past productions,” said

Holmquist, adding an invite to folks to become friends on the VPCT Facebook page, too. As rehearsals for “Steel Magnolias”

begin in earnest over the next months, watch for Meet The Players articles featuring cast photos and profiles.

Ice-fi fisshing contest at Webb Lake Saturday, Feb. 4 WEBB LAKE - The Webb Lake Area Men’s Club will be hosting its 29th-annual ice-fishing contest on Saturday, Feb. 4. It will be held on Lower Webb Lake at the Oak Ridge Inn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be trophies for the largest bass,

northern and panfish caught by children 12 and under. All children catching legal fish will be entered into a drawing for three $25 awards. Anyone over 12 catching the largest legal fish in each category will receive

$50. Drawings will be held for an underwater viewing system and three $100 local business gift certificates. The men’s club uses the proceeds to maintain the Webb Lake area cross-country ski trail and to make donations to local organizations

such as Crescent Lake Community Outreach, first responders, Regional Hospice and local fire departments. For further information contact Paul Cunliffe 715-259-7927 or Bob Wirtz 715259-7844. - submitted

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A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old rancher. The rancher's prize bull Joe Roberts was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. The rancher only wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull. The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store. The attorney for the railroad immediately cornered the rancher and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally the rancher agreed to take half of what he was asking. After the rancher had signed the release and taken the check, the young lawyer couldn't resist gloating a little over his success, telling the rancher, "You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn't have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn't have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!" The old rancher replied, "Well, I'll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that durned bull came home this morning." ••• An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pigpen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary. "Let's have a party, Homer," she suggested. "Let's kill a pig." The farmer scratched his grizzled head. "Gee, Ethel," he finally answered, "I don't see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened 50 years ago." •••

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spare room. This would not be significant except that the spare room is where most of what is left from his past lives has been interred. Carrie Classon To Daniel’s credit, the spare room is small and it was not very full. There was an over-crowded closet and some past-its-prime carpeting. But the room was not too alarming except for one wall which was entirely covered in mounted antlers, making it look as though a herd of deer had crashed through the adjoining wall. Daniel has done a better job of disposing of the past as he moves into the future than I have. But, like the bright colored linoleum hidden beneath the sad shag carpeting, there were still a few surprises waiting for him. As Daniel hauled out boxes of antique electronic equipment, we listened to “Billboard Top Rock’n’Roll Hits from 1972” on cassette (yes, he still has a cassette player— so do I, come to mention it). I made dinner and heard the occasional muffled exclamation and sharp exhalation of breath from down the hall indicating further discoveries from forgotten lives. I am familiar with the process of opening the lid of a harmless looking storage box and getting whiplash from a sudden and unexpected collision with the past. But when unearthing my own archeological artifacts the transitions seem, if not inevitable, at least not unexpected. Because I lived it, I imagine my life has had some sort of sensible trajectory that brings me to where I am. When I see the pot shards from Daniel’s past lives, the trajectory is less apparent. I was not there to see the transitions or to make sense of the changes. Substantial political and religious realignments appear to have occurred in a vacuum, and all I see are the dis-


carded artifacts as evidence of the man he used to be. Sometimes it can be frightening. I wonder what I would have thought of this person listening to the cassette tapes. I wonder what he would have thought of me. Merging lives at middle-age means finding unexpected things in the closet. It means that careers, relationships, ideas, and passions have been left by the wayside. The person we are today is not simply a culmination of all our experiences, values, and cassette tapes, but a rejection of some beliefs and a distillation of others. Accepting the man Daniel is today does not mean that I will ever completely understand all of who he was. All I need to understand is that whoever he was made him who he is today— by one means or another. Daniel says it better. He says that he is glad of whatever path I took because it brought me to him. (I think that is very nice.) Several boxes went out in the trash. Boxes of obsolete theology went to a local church and boxes of obsolete technology went to Goodwill. The herd of antlers will be sold on eBay and a couple of family photos will be framed. (I am keeping the hits from 1972.) Daniel has painted the room a new, light shade and is putting in bamboo flooring. The room that used to look a bit like an abattoir will now be a place for meditation. Times change. After dinner, Daniel said, “I don’t know who that man was.” And maybe that’s the value of going through our refuse from the past— not so much to embarrass us about the people we were, but to remind us of how possible it is to change. Till next time, —Carrie

Arts group publishes guide to Northwest Wisconsin arts, growers, heritage NORTHWEST WISCONSIN - In the small towns, villages and along the rustic roads of northwestern Wisconsin are some of the state’s most valuable assets: creative people who nurture beauty, value nature and share their heritage through places, objects and edibles that are handmade and homegrown. Now there’s a paperback traveler’s guidebook published by the Wisconsin’s Northwest Heritage Passage, 208 pages that shine a light on artists, crafters, farmers, historic sites, eateries and inns that thrive in and around 13 Northwest Wisconsin counties. It’s called “The Wisconsin Passage: an Adventure in the Handmade, Homegrown and Historical Offerings of Wisconsin from the Mississippi River to Lake Superior,” or simply, “The Wisconsin Passage.” The book is the culmination of a dream that began 12 years ago when a group of Northwest Wisconsin people like Spooner weaver Alene Peterson realized that the cottage industries of working crafters, artists and growers were key to a sustainable creative economy in this region. She said, “We want this book to bring the public together with artists and growers where they live and work and showcase those hometowns, villages and farms as well as the natural beauty of Northwest Wisconsin destinations for travelers of all ages,” Each of the 350 listees in the book submitted written descriptions of their studios, galleries, farms, museums, and other arts, agricultures or culture-related businesses. Committee members traveled to each site, evaluating their experiences. Other volunteers collected and worked with submitted images or took photographs. Janet Krokson, editor of the Spooner Advocate, was the book committee’s muse who gathered the descriptions, historical facts, anecdotes and other materials, weaving them into a narrative that makes the book an entertaining

Pain scale For those of you have been fol-

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lowing my latest adventure you may be aware that I have just survived a back surgery. Reaching the John W. Ingalls decision to do this was relatively easy, I was miserable. The surgeon said I needed it and I said “OK.” Having the surgery was easy, the next day provided a different perspective. In the medical field we try to quantify subjective complaints. In other words we try to take symptoms that are hard to judge and apply numbers to the level of discomfort. This is a way for us to judge if we are actually making progress in managing pain. Most of you with pain have been exposed to the simple 1 to 10 pain scale. 1 is no pain and has a cherubic smiley face beside it. 10 is the worst pain you can imagine and has a grumpy face next to it. The problem with this scale becomes apparent after you have suffered in pain. I suspect this was developed by someone in a shiny suit in a pleasant office after a nice long relaxing lunch. It was not developed by someone who was suffering. If the doctor or nurse asks you how bad your pain is and you say an 8 that should mean it is quite bad. But what if the next time it is worse, is it now a 9 or 10? The scale only goes up to 10. When asked about pain in these situations the number is now often 15 or 20. After you have had back surgery the numbers change

read as much as a travel guide.“It was a labor of love. I’ve lived in Spooner and other Hwy. 63 communities for the past 31 years,” she said. largely because there is an emotional component to the pain. I now know what it is like to scream in pain during the night when your body is paralyzed by the spasms in your back and you MD need help to simply shift your position in bed. You ask for more pain pills realizing that they only take the edge off of the pain while turning your insides to cement. On a scale of 1 to 10, at that moment it was off the chart. Pain is very subjective and hard to explain. I think the pain scale should be modified. Instead of a smiley face progressing to a grumpy face or a scale of 1 to 10 we should perhaps qualify the pain in the way we express pain to our family and friends. “Not bad” is a good starting point. Not bad or pretty good are reasonable ways of saying there may be some discomfort but I can handle it. After that everything is basically bad but in varying degrees. Unlike the existing pain scale that stops at a grumpy face and “10,” there is nothing worse than the worst description on my pain scale. Not bad … Annoying … Miserable … Terrible … $#@%&#$ ... JUST PUT ME OUT OF MY MISERY. A pain scale such as this actually expresses the way we think and feel. When you are in pain I don’t know what a 7 or 8 means but I do know what “$#@%#$” means and so does everyone else. Annoying may be-

“I particularly love this part of the state.” Wisconsin writer Sue Engebrecht reviewed the book, saying “Colorful pictures shower the pages, historians will love the stories, bits of trivia surprise, and cooks will be eager to try new recipes. The book contains something for people of all ages and interests.” Reviewer Beth Probst wrote, “Readers will learn interesting tidbits like why Luck is the Yo-Yo Capital of the World or where you can see a zedonk (a cross between a zebra and a donkey). The book also tells mini stories about the people behind many of the handmade and homegrown offerings in northern Wisconsin” The WNHP was founded in 1999 as an arts organization dedicated to supporting, showcasing and educating the public about the talents and creativity alive and well in Northwest Wisconsin’s communities. In 2001, 2004 and 2009, WNHP published and distributed more than 100,000 foldout maps listing handmade, homegrown and heritage sites. “The Wisconsin Passage” replaces those maps as a more permanent testament to the thriving creative economy in Northwest Wisconsin. There is no commercial advertising in the book. Production was funded by memberships, in-kind and cash donations from businesses and private citizens through Friends of the Passage. Proceeds from sales of the book will be used to publish future, updated editions and convert it to a digital, downloadable version for electronic books. “The Wisconsin Passage” is available online at, where there is a list of other retail outlets selling the book. The WNHP is supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. For additional information, call 715-635-9303, or e-mail come miserable with time or we may have episodes of “not bad” but no one wants to be at the end. It isn’t a 9 or 10 or even 1,000. I have seen people in this condition and although I have never had pain this severe I know it exists. I have learned some lessons in all of this. Doctors suffer just like anyone else. We put our pants on the same way and we share the same anxieties and pains. I know what it is like to lie naked on a cold surgical table while strangers scrub your skin and put purple lines where they are planning to cut when you are helpless. I know what it is like to be confused and drugged from the medications. I know what it is like to be incapacitated and require assistance with the simplest tasks. I also know what it is like to do the exercises and work through the pain and get better. I have learned that I don’t have all of the answers but I do understand someone just a bit better because of what I have gone through. When someone comes to me and is worried or in pain, I can understand. When someone can’t put their own socks on, I know because I have been there. I have also learned to trust the advice and direction of the doctors and nurses entrusted with my care. I have been somewhat amused by the descriptive designations for the severity or invasiveness of surgeries. But now I have also learned the difference between major surgery and minor surgery. Whatever the procedure might be, if it is on you it is “minor” and if the surgery is on me then it is “major.”


There were two little boys down at the Doughnut Hole Café the other day, standing outside, just waiting. They didn’t have long to wait. The Greyhound bus pulls up at just about one each afternoon, give or take a little. When the bus pulled up, parked and the brakes went whoosh, those two little boys had eyes like saucers. They took in everything, from the mud on the tires to the snow clinging to the mud flaps. The driver stepped down and helped her passengers out, proudly wearing the Greyhound uniform. She had pride in her eyes, too, as we all know how that mountain can get when it’s snowing. It’s always been that way. There have This week at the Forts - 1804 XY Company fur trader Michel

Curot’s journal of his winter sojourn at Forts Folle Avoine in 1803-04 makes for rather dry reading—until one learns to read between the lines. Here’s a sample from his entries for this week, for instance: “Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22. The weather having moderated a great deal, Smith [one of Curot’s crew] set two nets under the ice that he visited today, nothing ... “Monday, Jan. 23. This morning all the Indians left to be gone on a deer hunt for several days. I got from a woman about 10 pounds of gum for which I paid a quarter of an ell of cloth. Boisvert and Connor [two of Curot’s voyageurs] went to visit the nets, they lifted one and brought back a poisson dore [walleye]... “Tuesday, Jan. 24. I left this morning with Boisvert to go and find the Indians, who had told me that they would camp in the portage at the rapids of Riviere Jaune [Yellow River]. We went there but did not find them, so we came back to the house [the XY Co. trading cabin]. At one o’clock in the afternoon Grand Fou’s [an Ojibwe hunter] wife came to notify us to go to his lodge at the Big Hills for two deer. Boisvert and Connor went immediately... “Wednesday, Jan. 25. Connor arrived this morning with a manichinse [deer meat] two haunches and the hind quarter of a female. Boisvert having stayed at the lodge in order to go after a deer that Le Grand Fou had left in the woods, he arrived this evening with Le Grand Fou having cached [stored] his deer that he is to get tomorrow... “Thursday, Jan. 26. This morning Connor and Boisvert left to go after yesterday’s deer. Boisvert had to go back


Country Slim Randles always been little guys watching and wondering as the people get off for their lunch stop. Where are these people from? What was it like up on the mountain? I wonder if I could drive the bus someday when I’m grown. When we’re small, our world and our view of it tends to be smaller as well. The exotic places of the world, to an 8-

Folle Avoine Chronicles Woodswhimsy the gnome

for his blanket that he had lost last night, and Connor brought it back an hour after Boisvert came in with the Indians. He got from Pichiquequi two haunches and two sides, and from Kitchinimiscoutte two sides. Le Grand Fou asked me as payment for the deer two gn. Diluted rum. Kitchinimiscoutte asked for 2-1/2 pints and Pichiquequi 11/2 pints.” There’s a lot of info that one could glean in those entries - the weather, the food supply cycle and the travel, for starters. There’s also the curious mention of “gum.” No, Curot is not referring to chewing gum; rather he’s referring to a critical component of life in fur trade times - the need for a canoe sealant. The birch-bark canoes, used by traders and Indians alike, were built with birch bark sections, sewn together with spruce root over a frame of white cedar or spruce. The gum Curot refers to thus acts as a sealant along the joints. Materials such as gum were usually acquired from women, as Curot mentions in his entry for Monday, Jan. 23. Plus he also records his payment for the gum as being an “ell” (a measurement common at that time) of cloth. So even in January a savvy trader had to be planning for his spring canoe journey to Lake Supe-

year-old, aren’t Singapore, Nairobi or Calcutta. The exotic places tend more toward Smithfield, Riverbank, Oakdale and Cottage Grove. At 8 years old, the world’s horizon is Thompson Ridge, rather than the Pacific Ocean. But that doesn’t make the world any less fascinating. Those little boys knew that, after lunch, those people would get back on that bus (they even have a rest room on the bus, you know) and they would go out of town in a diesel rush and cross the bridge on Lewis Creek and then disappear. But they know that bus will be going right past their grandparents house in about two hours. They asked

A voyageur gets ready, with snowshoes and toboggan, to venture out into the winter woods. – Photo submitted

rior. Even while the canoes themselves had been sunk underwater. Sunk? This was done so they wouldn’t dry up, warp and crack in the cold dry winter air—being underwater preserved them nicely (marked with buoys so they could be found in spring!). But Curot knew the caulk would need replacing, thus his acquisition of gum—derived from tree sap—from one of the Ojibwe women. Women also typically supplied the traders with moccasins, snowshoes and other essential gear. Also evident in the entries is the frequent wanderings out of the fur trade cabins to the Indian encampments scattered about. There is a curious assumption that the traders hunkered down in their cabins all winter; entries like Curot’s (and many others) put the lie to that notion. Indeed, it’s quite obvious from these entries that the fur trade was an incredibly cooperative venture, in more ways than one - cultural, social and commercial, but also technological. It’s funny if not ironic—the traders were bringing in goods deemed supe-

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HCE Happenings

Highlights from 2011, a wonderfully busy, successful year it was! Our clubs were active in their communities by participating in the many celebrations such as: Easter egg hunts, Santa visits, parades, especially the many summer celebrations. We made quilts and lap robes for local nursing homes and for the veterans in VA hospitals. Some clubs made up food baskets for a needy family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each month one of the five centers sent packages to servicemen and women in Afghanistan and around the world wherever the USA has troops. Club members have read once a month for eight months to the head start classes in Balsam Lake. The Bookworm program is sponsored in part by the Operation Round-Up of Polk-Burnett Electric and each child is given a copy of the books read. Our Services of Love project was mentoring the Polk County Girls Group meeting after school at the government center, sharing our talents and helping

Pictured are most of the new executive board members, back row (L to R): Kate Kellerman, Raylene Anderson, Carol Medchill, Gloria Larsen, Carol Van Heuklom, Bev Cree and Pat Willits. Front row: Joan Talmage, Bonnie Timm and Rae Lynn Neumann. – Photo submitted with outings a few times during 2011. Some clubs also helped clean and freshen up the museum in Balsam Lake last spring. Starting in February, we sponsored

and they know. The people on that bus might be able to look out and see Grandpa’s dog, Sadie, as the bus goes by. I wonder what Sadie’s doing right now? If I were on that bus right now, I could get off there and see. And someday I will. Someday I’ll get on and ride, and I’ll know what’s out there. I’ll know. ••• Brought to you by Slim’s award-winning book “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at

five different evening programs, designed to be of interest to everyone and open to the public at the government center in Balsam Lake. Every club collects Pennies for

rior to what the tribal peoples were using (e.g. iron axes replacing stone ones, cloth and woolens supplanting hides, etc.). But, in order to conduct the trade, they needed native-derived inventions such as canoes, snowshoes and toboggans. The fur trade was unique in that the European and Native American lives were not only intertwined, but elements of both were integrated in a way not duplicated in the otherwise troubled history of our continent’s native/settler conflicts. The fur trade could never have even functioned without the native components. This unique twist on the past is evident via the interpretation of historic areas such as Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. It’s a basic part of the story told there. The park’s gift shop (where copies of Curot’s journal are available), fur trade museum and office remain open, Monday-Friday, throughout the winter. Signed, Woodswhimsy

Friendship at their monthly meetings and annually the county HCE sends these dollars to WAHCE, the state HCE, and they distributed over $10,700 in 2011 to three groups that focus on countries of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Those groups are Haitian Relief, Heifer International and Wisconsin Nicaragua. In addition, we sent sewing materials and notions to Nicaragua. We had our usual booth at the county fair, where we handed out new or gently used books to any child who came by the booth. Gratitude is extended to the many people who helped to organize and support the annual HCE Christmas Fair at Unity School in November. This supports the two scholarships we present each spring to graduating seniors who are children or grandchildren of HCE members, one going to a four-year-college student and one going a technical college student. Each year the WAHCE offers three different scholarships to members, children or grandchildren of HCE members. Forms are available online at or call the Polk County family living agents office for information. If you are interested in joining an HCE Club, please call Dianne at 715268-2724. – submitted by Pat Willits, publicity chair


During Bernice’s absence, archived columns will be presented. This one is from March 24, 1976.

Remember those childhood chants that everyone knew when growing up? Down through the years, they still echo in my ears and I remember … Pity the boy named George who was almost daily taunted with “Georgie, Porgie, pudding ‘n pie, kissed the girls and made them cry.” All he could do was clench his fists and chase the offenders away. When feelings were hurt, a girl would always stick her nose in the air and retaliate. “I should worry, I should care, I should marry a millionaire!” As for graffiti, there was a philosophy about that, too. You recall “Fools names and fools faces always appear in public places.” When we swung high in the creaking swings or when we ran around the circle on the giant strides, someone was sure to chant “I see London, I see France, I see somebody’s underpants.” Well, that was before the days when girls were allowed to wear slacks or jeans to school. Perhaps it was before the days of slacks and jeans altogether! When we jumped rope in the spring, we did it to the works “Old Miss Christoph sat on a pin, how many inches did it go in? One, two, three, four …” Of course, any teacher’s name could be substituted. She really got pinned! We identified our books with a neatly printed “Please do not break my back” or “Stolen from the li-

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Signpost Bernice Abrahamzon brary of …” If we were in disgrace over something, there was always the chant “Shame, shame everyone knows your name.” There were dozens of pat verses scribbled in dozens of autograph books. Thing like, “When you get married and have twins, don’t come to me for safety pins” or “In the chain of friendship, consider me a link.” Some were frankly sentimental, some funny and some deliberately cruel. Funny how they drift back to a person right out of the blue. Perhaps you remember them, too? Bernice

Books Between Bars

Polk County Jail Literacy Coordinator Tiffany Meyer (seated) is shown with Barb Wetzel, Osceola Friends of the Library, and Kathy Kienholz, Milltown Friends of the Library, Colleen Gifford, Friends of the Polk County Libraries, Jan Bergren, Amery ,Friends of the Library, Maria Potvin, Frederic Friends of the Library and Loreen Clayton-Morrel, St. Croix Falls Friends of the Library. – Photo submitted

Program hopes to break the cycle of recidivism POLK COUNTY - Tiffany Meyer, jail literacy coordinator, working with the Books Between Bars program at the Polk County Library Federation, recently gave a presentation to the Friends of the Polk County Libraries group. Meyer said that 80 percent of those inmates in the Polk County Jail will return to their Polk County community, 35 percent of the inmates lack a high school diploma and there currently is a 35-percent recidivism rate. Literacy, Meyer said, is one proven way to break the negative cycle of recidivism. The monthly book discussion program led by Meyer

and a volunteer from the library has been proving to be successful. There has been regular attendance at these groups, and inmate feedback indicates they are taking a more active role in reading and considering and/or participating in additional educational pursuits. As one inmate stated, “I am now reading 500 pages a day.” Before that, he did not read, he said. The grant-funded position, sponsored by the Library Services Technology Act, has allowed the library to provide this free service to the jail. Contact the Polk County Library Federation to find out more about this program and other programs offered by the Polk County Library Federation. Or, if you are interested in joining a library Friends group near you, contact the Polk County Library Federation at 715-485-8680 for more information. - submitted

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Do you remember? 50 Years Ago

In the week of Jan. 18-23, the temperature did not get above 5 degrees in Frederic, and lows were 19 to 31 degrees below zero for four consecutive days.-The basement home of Mr. and Mrs. William Beecroft was destroyed by fire.-Sgt. Dan and Shirley Java stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, reported on conditions there, including difficulties with vehicles during cold spells, the temperature having recently dropped to minus 59.-Kevin Giles, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Giles, broke his arm while playing in the haymow at the home of relatives.-Three Frederic girls were selected to attend the National Girl Scout Round-Up in Vermont. They were Pam Moore, Betty Potter and Jenna Pedersen.-A 6-inch water main broke in Frederic on First Avenue. Vern Hansen reported the frost was only down several feet and shouldn’t have caused the break, but said a main had broken the previous week in Balsam Lake, and water was flowing from the bank’s basement windows when it was discovered.Lt. Gov. Warren Knowles announced his candidacy for governor.-A sports reporter declared, “Action was wild and furious in the St. Croix Valley Conference Tuesday night.”-Obits included Frank Dinger, Sylvester Pfarr, William Harder, Art Kringle, Arthur E. Johnson, Arthur Durand, Etta Jane Engel and George Walker.-“Greyfriars Bobby,” a Walt Disney film, was playing at the Frederic Theatre for three days only.

40 Years Ago

Miss Frederic Susan Anderson would be participating in the St. Paul Winter Carnival.-Rodney Marek, Siren, died in the hospital, having had a heart attack while awaiting a kidney transplant from his mother, Mrs. Fred Marek.-LeRoy Cornelison and Don Hinks signed an agreement with LeRoy Jones, Lewis, to lease 40 acres of his land for a traprock quarry.-Six-year-old Kris Petersen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlo Petersen, formerly of Luck, was killed when a snowmobile crashed during a race they were attending.-The family of Dr. Lawrence Pedersen, Frederic veterinarian, escaped from their smoke-filled home during the early-morning hours of Jan. 26. Three of the children, Luanne, Patty and Jeff, had been asleep in the lower level where the fire originated.-The 12-year-old granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Searles, Siren, and Art Peters, Frederic, Cindy Peters, was killed while sledding near her home in Seattle, Wash.-Four local men were featured in news from the service, electronics technician 1st Class Michael Molamphy, Balsam Lake; Airman Esten Morseth, Webster; Marine Cpl. Myron Hacker, Cushing; and Airman Neil Henriksen, Luck.-Bradley Williamson was the grand champion at the Siren Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby.-Obituaries included Malvin Berg, Clarence Johnson, Henry Anderson, Leonard Edberg, Albertina Quist, Agnes Paulson, John Schouten, Verle Anderson, Christine Stohl and Sally Benson.-Queen candidates for the Luck Winter Carnival were Julie Thompson, Holly Renz, Susan Darwin, Jackie Moslet, Kathie Kunze, Donna Cruthers, Mary Jo Swanson, Kris Route, Linda Lehman and Sharon Erickson.

20 Years Ago

Steve Clark, coordinator of the Ice Age Trail Foundation’s northern office, encourage participants at the Living Green Conference in Balsam Lake to make a positive impact on their neighbors and presented a skit with his family called “Why Johnny Can’t Weed.”The Frederic School Board was planning to interview candidates for the position of superintendent, with the retiring of Wally Koel.-Bill Bosak, 87, rural Frederic, was featured in the getting to know you column.Wayne Schultz, also rural Frederic, was honored for producing high-quality milk with a very low somatic cell count.-The Luck Assembly of God Church dedicated their newly expanded sanctuary.-Deaths included Raymond Anderson, Winston Malmquist, Naomi Jensen, Beatrice Brown, Jean Rathbun, Wilmar Peterson, Clarence Moline and Ruth Herreid.-Luck Winter Carnival activities were listed, but there would be no Miss Luck pageant.-Knights of Columbus Christmas poster contest winners were Brittany Charles, Grantsburg, Christi Welch, Frederic, and Jenny Jensen, Grantsburg.-Timothy Lyga, Siren, made the dean’s list at UW-Madison.-Engagement announcements, with photos, were Brenda Ysen to David Buck and Brenda Zbleski to Steve Prince.

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TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Hi everyone, hope you’ve been having a great weekend! As I sit here and write this I’m looking outside waiting for the snow to begin and thankful that my paws are warm by the fire! I like flopping on the floor and spreading myself out, although it’s a bit of a nuisance when I get told to move. Geez, you’d think my human family could walk around me like the cats do. We sure had a couple of really cold days, almost froze my paws to the ground and you wonder why I like the fire so much. I just went out long enough to do my business and then right back in … brrrrrr, I don’t know how Eli likes it so much. Eli and Maya got a scolding because they decided they would go on walkabout, which didn’t go over very well. I remember those days well when I took Eli out and about, now Eli’s taking Maya and I’m the good dog. Remember last week I told you the little orange and white kitten Nick was adopted? Well he was soon back at the shelter as the adopters found their daughter was allergic to cats … poor Nick, so close to having his forever home. But the beautiful Dora, the cat I featured last week, was adopted. Hey, my friend Barney who I featured last week was also adopted by a wonderful lady and has gone to live with her and her Freddy other dog. She was

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Arnell Humane Diesel is a 6-month-old, longhaired brown tabby, neutered male. Diesel came to the Arnell shelter by way of North Dakota, riding in the undercarriage of a truck. He was discovered when the driver stopped for a bite to eat and heard a tiny meow coming from his truck. Diesel was happy to come out of his hiding spot near the warm engine. Can you imagine his ride? Luckily, Diesel survived the trip with only a few cuts and bruises. After a round of antibiotics, the wounds on his forehead and neck healed and his lovely tabby coat is growing over the scars. Diesel is an appreciative cat who loves attention of the soft kind. He will drape himself in your lap or next to you on the chair with gentle eyes soaking up the love. As a young cat, Diesel also has a playful side, but his most ardent admirers comment on his calm, loving demeanor. People who love animals but suffer with allergies to dogs and cats often seek a “hypoallergenic” pet. They come to the shelter looking for a “nonshedding” dog or a white cat. Allergy specialists advise against bringing furry pets home, but for allergy sufferers with mild to moderate reactions, the emotional benefits of having a pet trump the physical discomfort of a runny nose, sneezing or itchy eyes. Individuals with severe allergic reaction should heed their allergist’s warning and avoid adopting a furry pet. While there is no such thing as a non-shedding dog or a hypoallergenic cat, there are some breeds and traits that cause fewer allergic reactions. Individuals with allergies to dogs are not actually allergic to a dog’s hair, but rather to the dander that

715-349-2964 Brrr. The area has gone from fall-like temps to subzero almost overnight. Most of us in this area can take the frigid weather in stride if we can just slide into it gradually. So far this winter, it seems our winter weather is on a roller coaster ride, warm and sunny one day and freezing cold and dreary the next, and still no measurable snow. Makes one wish spring would just hurry up and come. Tree rats sit on the branches on the south sides of the trees and use their tails all fluffed up as a fluffy scarf to protect themselves from the bitter cold and wind. The birds come to the feeders with feathers all fluffed out making them look bigger than they are. Had a funny thing happen this week in bear country’s bird yard. Seems one of the neighborhood crows dropped in for a few kernels of corn from the deer feeders for lunch. Not finding anything, he spied one of the large black walnuts on the ground for the tree rats and decided it just might be something good to eat. He tried several times to pick it up but to no avail. Try as he might he couldn’t get a grip on it to carry it off. He then decided to just eat it on the spot, that didn’t work either so after about 20 minutes he flew off defeated. Black walnuts have a super-hard shell. Maybe he found a meal that wasn’t so hard to get at. Most crows are pretty clever when it comes to getting something they want. The Siren Lioness held their January meeting Tuesday at the Siren Senior Center. This month’s project was to bring a stuffed animal to be taken to a local ambulance to be given to kids who either use the ambulance or a family member does. Some-


YAPpenings Sadie really nice and I know that Barney has a wonderful home. Pebbles was adopted by one of our volunteers and also has a new, wonderful home. We couldn’t be happier with Noel’s new family either – it was a great week for my friends! I also hear through the grapevine that our two longer term residents Parker and Rafe are in foster care which gives them a break from the shelter. As much as they’re loved and cared for, after a while the shelter life tends to get to you. This week I’m going to feature a black dog, Freddy, and a black cat, Boo. I don’t understand why the black animals are overlooked and last to be adopted. They make just as wonderful an addition to your family as any other colored cat or dog. Only downside that I can tell is that they’re harder to see at night, but a reflective collar would take care of that – don’t you think? Freddy is a Lab mix around 8 months old. It would seem that he has had a rough start to life but is ready to open up his heart and trust to a new friend and family. Freddy does tend to be a little submissive initially but does warm up rather a dog sheds. Dander is similar to dandruff in humans, and even animals that do not shed fur shed dander into the environment. Dogs known as “lowallergen” dogs are characterized by an assortment of coat types: Very curly-coated dogs, like poodles of all sizes and Portuguese water dogs, hairless dogs, American and Chinese crested hairless, dogs with corded coats (puli, komondor and some poodles), and wire-haired dogs like wirehaired fox terrier, Parson and Jack Russell terriers. Breeds with these types of coat tend to have less fur than other breeds, but more importantly, they generally shed less dander. Choosing a mixed poodle designer dog breed such as a Labradoodle or goldendoodle is not a guarantee of receiving a low-allergen dog. Low-allergen or hypoallergenic cats are known to produce fewer allergens than “regular” cats. The operative word here is “fewer.” Instead of the dander of a dog causing an allergic reaction, the allergen for cats is produced by their saliva. The protein Fel D1 in cat saliva is deposited on a cat’s coat after she licks her coat during the natural practice of selfgrooming. When the allergen-laden saliva dries and becomes airborne, it finds a warms home in human sinuses. Some cat breeds produce less of this protein than others, making them better candidates for cat allergy sufferers. Generally speaking, male cats produce more allergenic secretions than females. Intact males produce more than neutered males. Dark cats tend to produce more than light-colored ones (no one knows why). And kittens produce fewer allergens than adults. Although no cat breed is truly hypoallergenic, there are seven breeds that produce fewer allergens. Each breed has its own personalities and characteristics and they should be considered to determine if any of them are a good fit for a household. The Oriental breeds, the Balinese, Oriental

Siren news times these furry friends give comfort in stressful situations. Sympathy to the family of Gary Kosloski who passed away Jan. 21. The Grandmas Group met at the home of Naomi Glover for their annual Christmas party/gift exchange. A potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. The gifts were numbered and numbers drawn for the gift to take home. Those present were Hazel Hahr, Marge Peterson, Carol Juve, Dorothy Lahners, Marilyn Lemieux and Bev Beckmark. Member Erna Lueck was missing as she had a doctor’s appointment. There’s another ice-fishing contest coming up on Saturday, Jan. 28, on Frederic’s Coon Lake. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with fishing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids 12 and under get in free. Lots of door prizes, and prizes for the largest panfish, bass and northern. All proceeds go to the Frederic/Luck varsity softball program. Sounds like a fun day and for a good cause. The Cub Scout Pack 564 braved the cold, damp weather and enjoyed their sixth-annual fishing contest Sunday on Big Doctor Lake. Not only did the Scouts enjoy the day but they invited all kids who like to fish to come and join them. It was a fun day for everyone. Congratulations to elementary student Frankie Bildeau Jr., middle schooler Patty Close and high schooler Nathan Martin for being chosen Siren Schools students of the week. You guys rock. All you brides out there who are planning a wedding this year, don’t forget this Sunday is the Siren

quickly. Yes, he is black! Boo came in at Halloween – hence the name Boo. Poor girl, hopefully whoever adopts her will change her name to something more suiting her outgoing and Boo friendly personality. Boo is about a year old and is our longest term feline resident that would sure like to have someone love her. In order to bring notice to the black dogs and cats, the Calgary Humane Society has a great campaign to adopt a black animal and it goes like this:


They say color doesn’t matter That we are all equal. I don’t agree. I am always overlooked. I am always chosen last. “Laundry is the only thing that should be sorted by color.” … author unknown Have a great week everyone and stay warm. Licks and tailwags! The Humane Society of Burnett County is saving lives, one at a time., 715866-4096, License No. 267335-DS. We’re on Facebook too! shorthair and Javanese, are low-allergen breeds with the characteristics of the popular Siamese. Two “rex” cats, the Devon and Cornish rex, also make the list. They have shorter Diesel and less fur than other cats. In the hairless and hairy categories are the Sphynx and the Siberian. The Sphynx is hairless and the Siberian sports a moderately long coat but produces lower-than-average enzyme levels in their saliva. Some claim that 75 percent of cat allergy sufferers have no reaction to the Siberian. As all cats produce saliva, these cats also require allergenic maintenance. Frequent baths and brushing are recommended. This process is best left to a groomer or nonallergic family member. Research has proven that washing your cat two to three times a week can remove up to 84 percent of existing allergens and reduce the future production of allergens. Cat bedding and toys should be washed a least once a week. It is best to research the breed you are considering as a pet. Before you adopt, spend some time with a dog or cat of the same breed you want to see if your allergies remain in check. If you are an allergy sufferer and sharing your home with a pet is important to you, it is worth your time and effort to go the extra mile to make it happen. Arnell Memorial Humane Society, 185 Griffin St. E., Amery, 715-268-7387 (PETS) or online at

Clausen/Rudolph Tahnee Clausen and Brad Rudolph were united in marriage on Aug. 6, 2011, at the Wapacada Golf Club in St. Cloud, Minn. Tahnee is the daughter of Diana and Paul Martinson of St. Croix Falls and Ben and Michelle Clausen of Dresser. Brad is the son of Joe and Marie Rudolph of Sartell, Minn. Bridesmaids were Mara Martinson, Tashina Martinson, Samantha Brace and Cassie Tilton, sisters of the brid; Megan Rudolph, sister of the groom and Tara Kaeter, cousin of the groom. Maid of honor was Heather Schoonauer, friend of the couple. Groomsmen were Ryan Mrosia and Jason Kaeter, cousins of the groom; Benji Peterson, Josh Dehn, Bryan Holte, Jerry Zwack and Richard Sadergaski, friends of the couple. Ushers were George Hansford, cousin of the bride and Josh Linde, friend of the couple. Ring bearer was Kyle Rudolph, cousin of the groom. Flower girls were Lily and Taylor Hansford, cousins of the bride. Personal attendants to the bride were Josie Owen and Asha Keith, cousins of the bride. The 5 p.m. outdoor ceremony was officiated by Pastor Dan Bargelt. Flowers were arranged by Erin Hansford. Music was provided by a string quartet from St. Cloud, Minn. The song “Over the Rainbow” was played on a ukulele by Matt Tilton, brother-in-law of the couple. Videographer was Richard Schrom, photographer was Jolene Cable of Avalle Photography and caterers were Shortstop Caterers of St. Cloud, Minn. The wedding and reception was attended by 350 friends and relatives, some traveling from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Virginia. The couple are making their home in St. Cloud, Minn., where Brad is employed at Design Tile and Flooring and Tahnee is employed at Allergy, Asthma and Pulmonary Clinic. – Photo submitted

Births Born at St. Croix Falls Medical Center:

A girl, Emily Rose Vanderweit, born Jan. 11, 2012, to Leah and Robert Vanderweit, Luck. Emily weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. ••• Bev Beckmark A boy, Dossen Andrew Luke, born Jan. 18, 2012, to Vanessa and Dustin Luke, Grantsburg. Dossen Destination Wedding Fair at the Siren Lakeview weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. Event Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of great ••• ideas. This is a free event. A girl, Maizie Gail Polzine, born Jan. 16, 2012, to Nell Amundson Polzine and Jared Polzine, Pine City, Minn. Maizie weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. •••

News from the Service

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – AB Seth A. Pardun, 321st Training Squadrom/ FLT 071, graduated Jan. 6, from Lackland Air Force Base and is now stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for heavy equipment operator. His family includes Brian and Marcy Pardun, parents; Shaina Pardun, sister; Ron and Phyllis Pardun and George and Marcy Kasper, grandparents. Pardun is a 2010 graduate of Webster High School. – Photo submitted

Born at Burnett Medical Center:

A girl, Callie Jane Jackson, born Jan. 21, 2012, to Andrew and Kristin Jackson, Webster. Callie weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Callie has two siblings, Nathan and Weston Jackson. Grandparents are Greg and Mary Wade of Danbury and Roger and Deb Jackson of Webster. Great-grandparents are Jane Moss of Chippewa Falls and Phyllis Jackson of Eau Claire. ••• A boy, Brantley Doriott, born Jan. 21, 2012, to Chelsea Whiteis and Scott Doriott, Webster. Brantley weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Laura and Glenn Doriott of Webster and Denise West of Zimmerman, Minn. •••


TOWN TALK/COUNTRY CHATTER Borderline news Pat Kinblom reports that the senior connection group she works with is now offering free pet food vouchers for any Douglas County resident over 60 years old. If you are interested, please contact Pat on either a Tuesday or a Thursday at 715-244-3354. Beth Baer and David Steiabager became engaged on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Beth is the daughter of Karl and Tammy Baer of Dairyland. David is from Apple Valley, Minn., and Beth is still a student at UWEau Claire. Currently, David is working in Rhinelander. No wedding date has been set at this time. Tuesday, Jan. 17, was the Woodland Church ladies day out. Eight ladies got together and enjoyed lunch at the Log Cabin Store in Danbury. The Woodland Church is having their annual Valentine banquet at the Northland Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. Invitations will be sent out very soon. Larry Kinblom has been receiving many visitors, and is looking at sometime in June for a coming home date. Editor’s note: why does he have a date, when he’s already married? The Arna Town Board had a special town meeting last Monday. They are still working on FEMA issues over the

storm damage from last summer. What a long, hard slog it has been. Bob and Patty went to Minneapolis last Sunday for grandson Joey’s second birthday party. There were some icy conditions for the drive home, but considering, well worth the trip. Joey’s dad Rick now owes Bob two days of work on his farm in the spring to work off his football wager. Frank Schaaf goes for a long walk every morning, and reports a lack of new sights to see. The variety in walking routes is getting pretty scarce due to icy conditions everywhere. Culture Corner: It’s the depth of winter, which means it's book-reading time in the Borderland. Use it or lose it. Fran Levings just finished reading “To Sleep with the Angels,” which is an account of the December 1958 Chicago school fire. She says it was a haunting tale and an excellent book. I recently finished a book called “The Swerve,” which gets its name from the swerve Western culture made by coming out of the Middle Ages into the Renaissance. It puts forth possible reasons why such a huge change in society may have happened. Patty just finished “The Winter Sea,” a tale of the Jacobite period in Scotland around 1708 and the return of the exiled king.

Webster Senior Center It feels like winter has finally arrived. I guess we were a little spoiled, but as they say, if you don’t like the weather wait an hour. One of the perks of living in the northland. The cold weather must have motivated the Wii bowlers as they were in high gear this week. Bernie Boelter (yup, that’s me) had eight strikes in a row for high individual game of 268 and high individual series of 503. The Mini Mights had high team game and high team series with 815 and 1,604 respectively. Keep in mind we only bowl two games, that is all we have time for. There were several other very good games as well. Don Brand picked up the 5-10 split and Butch Weiss the 6-7-10. A good job by all. Twenty-five players braved the cold to play Dime Bingo and enjoy the treats furnished by Opal Johnson. Come in and join the fun on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. A few came in to play pool and cards on Thursday afternoon. Again, come and join us. We start at 1 p.m. and it lasts about two hours.

Bernie Boelter

Lunches are served at the center Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and brunch is served on Fridays starting at 10:30 a.m. Stop in and pick up a menu. If you have questions regarding meals, call Nikki at 715-866-5300. We want to extend gratitude to The Tap and Zia Louisa for holding a raffle for the center, and gratitude is extended to all who participated. The center is nonprofit and the fundraisers and donations keep us going. We would like to see more participation in our monthly meetings. Everyone 55 and over are automatically members and are cordially invited to attend. They are held the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Mark your calendar for the next one on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Remember the potluck on Saturday, Jan. 28. Setup at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. Games and socializing after. Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.

SCF Senior Center Our Tuesday started out with our exercise session. All enjoyed a potluck lunch, followed by our monthly meeting. In the afternoon, games were played. Marian Edler and Russ Adams were the winners in Hand and Foot. The winners in Dominos were Ione White, Steve VanHouten and Martha Lundstrom. The winners in 500 were Elaine Edlund, Roger Greenly, Marlyce Borchert and Don Benson. Thursday the UCare representative was at the center in the morning. In the evening, 500 cards were played with Don Anderson, Sue Lundgren and Don Benson the winners.

Sympathy is extended to Terecia and Dennis Zwart and family due to the recent deaths of Terecia’s mother and Dennis’ sister. Dick Quinton visited Karen and Hank Mangelsen Monday afternoon. Lida Nordquist had lunch with Marlene and Bruce Swearingen Friday and spent the afternoon visiting there. Donna and Gerry Hines, Hank and Karen Mangelsen and Lida Nordquist visited John and Diana Mangelsen Saturday afternoon. They helped John celebrate his birthday.

Marian Edler

AARP tax preparers will be at the center on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and March 23 in the morning. If you want an appointment call 715-483-1901. The Feb. 22 date is filling up fast. We have Bridge every Friday morning at 10 a.m. They have started Cribbage on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., then you can stay for 500 cards at 6:30 p.m. Check these out sometime. Everyone is welcome. Our chili feed will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m., followed by games. Watch our sign-up sheets.

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Karen Mangelsen

Karen and Hank Mangelsen called on Jake, Holly, Hannah and Grace Mangelsen Saturday evening. Bob and Pam Bentz visited Hank and Karen Mangelsen Sunday. Sunday afternoon visitors of Lida Nordquist were Joleen and Richard Funk. Maynard and Ronda Mangelsen attended a wrestling tournament in Shell Lake Sunday. They went to watch Braden Albee, 6-year-old son of Shawn and Jenn Albee from Eau Claire. Shawn grew up in this area.

Wisconsin Interstate Park Candlelight Night at the Park

Mark your calendars for Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6- 9 p.m. Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. Ski on the Skyline Cross-Country Ski Trail, snowshoe on the Ojibwa and Homestead Snowshoe trails (snowshoes are available for use free of charge for ages 6 and up), or walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads, and food and refreshments will be available indoors at the Ice Age Center. Beginning at the Camp Interstate Shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the

Grantsburg Public Library

Bob Brewster

trailheads, and food and refreshments available at the Ice Age Center served by the Friends of Interstate Park. This is an event you won’t want to miss. There will be hiking opportunities no matter the snow conditions. Plan to attend Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, Feb. 11. Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, on Hwy. 35 just one-half mile south of Hwy 8. The event is free of charge, but a Wisconsin state park sticker is required to enter the park. Annual passes for 2012 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents. For more information about the event call 715483-3747. - submitted

Shown are preschoolers enjoying story hour at the Grantsburg Library. – Photo submitted

Free tax help

Seniors and income-eligible individuals can receive free assistance preparing their taxes at the library. Appointments are available on the first and second Thursdays and Fridays of February, March and April. Call the library at 715-463-2244 to schedule an appointment. This program is sponsored by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide.

Digital learning day

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Janel Hutton with the Grantsburg Public Library will offer technology assistance from 1- 6 p.m. Stop in for help with e-readers, social media, basic computer and Internet skills, and discover how to use the library digital resources. Call the library to make an appointment, mention what assistance you might need and bring your digital device or laptop along. Appointments are not necessary, but appreciated.

Perpetual book sale

Next time you are at the library, check out the shelves stuffed with wonderful gently read books:

fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children’s books and young adult books. There are lots of gems. The selection changes so check often. Hardcover books and movies, $1: paperbacks 50 cents.


The library can help you meet your technology needs. There are seven Internet-ready computer stations, and the library offers a free Wi-Fi signal.

Preschool story time

Preschool story time is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a story, make a craft and get together with friends.

Library hours and information

Monday noon – 6 p.m.; Tuesday noon – 6 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday noon – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – noon. The contact information for the library is 715463-2244; Web site is and now you can follow the Grantsburg Public Library on Facebook.

Academic news FARIBAULT AND NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – In recognition of their academic excellence, Dr. Nancy Genelin, vice president of academic affairs for South Central College, has released the fall semester president’s list honorees. Fall semester for South Central College ended Dec. 16, 2011. To be eligible for the president’s list, a student must be in good academic standing, and for fall semester have earned a minimum of 12 credits and achieved a grade-point average of 3.50 or better. The president’s list represents above-average performance. South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, Minn. SCC is an equal opportunity employer/educator. Frederic Charlene J. Wethern, N. Mankato. - submitted ••• MADISON – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the honor. Amery Stephen J. Monette, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Ryan D. Rinehart, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Lauren A. Saleh, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, dean’s list; Clear Lake Hillary A. Friendshuh, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, dean’s list; Frederic Allison M. Anderson, School of Human Ecology, dean’s high honors; River G. Karl, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Kyle A. Swenson, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Luck Virginia M. Armour, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list. Osceola Joseph L. Elmquist, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Megan L. Jones, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list; Kelli Kruschke, School of Human Ecology, dean’s high honors; Kelly J. Larson, College of Letters and Science, dean’s List; Jessica R. Martell, School of Nursing, dean’s honor list; St. Croix Falls Daniel R. Roach, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list; Unity Natalie R. Koffarnus, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list. - submitted ••• MENOMONIE – Students from the area were recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for the fall semester at UW-Stout. The award is presented to students who have a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

Amery Megan Fleming, majoring in food systems and technology; Frederic Zachary Anderson, majoring in engineering technology; Julia Haas, majoring in applied science; Andrew Kurkowski, majoring in business administration; Isabel Lexen, majoring in pre early childhood education; Orianna Tesch, majoring in art; Grantsburg Nicole Paquette, majoring in human development and family studies; Luck Morgan Denny, majoring in applied science; Samuel Hochstetler, majoring in vocational rehabilitation; Jesse Schallenberger, majoring in computer engineering; Osceola Jerry Judkins, majoring in engineering technology; Siren Stephanie Taylor, majoring in art; Brynn Mc Broom, majoring in hotel restaurant and tourism; Unity Erin Mabry, majoring in psychology; Jordan Christensen, majoring in psychology; Keila Dunsmoor, majoring in vocational rehabilitation; Van Mathson, majoring in construction; Michael Schmidt, majoring in business administration; Eric Wester, majoring in business administration; Webster Casandra Baer, majoring in engineering technology; Rachel Larson, majoring in hotel restaurant and tourism; Jayme Mitchell, majoring in vocational rehabilitation. - submitted ••• SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana College has announced that Brennan Olson, Luck, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 10 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above. submitted ••• MANKATO, Minn. – Evan Oachs, Grantsburg, has been accepted for admission for the 2012-2013 academic year at Minnesota State University. Oachs is the son of Cary Oachs of Grantsburg and Michelle Bailey of Siren. He will graduate from Siren High School in 2012, where he participated in National Honor Society, basketball, baseball and football. Oachs will begin classes in August 2012. – Photo submitted


LIBRARY NEWS St. Croix Falls Public Library Lego Club is on the first and third Saturdays in January, February and March It will be held from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Legos provided. Please leave all personal Legos and toys at home. All ages, with a parent.

Play Wii at the library Inquire at the circulation desk. A wonderful friend of the library donated a brand-new Wii. Used games and accessory donations in good condition are welcome.

Introductory ASL classes Mondays in January Class will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Preregistration required. Instructor Julie Nelson Hill has been teaching American Sign Language for more than a quarter of a century. Be prepared for a fun learning experience. Classes will be repeated in February.

Artsy Smartsy: authors and illustrators We are pleased to welcome back teaching artist Tiffany Paige Meyer for this visual arts program created exclusively for children ages 3 – 6 and their caregivers. The third Tuesday of each month, through May, participants will take a closer look at some favorite authors and illustrators through books and creative expression at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Croix Falls Public Library. Preregistration is required. Register at the library circulation desk, online or call 715-483-1777. This is a free program. Remember to wear art-smart clothing (dress for mess). See you at the library.

Computer Café in Jan. and Feb. E-readers: Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. This class will answer e-book and ereader questions and demonstrate how to access public library e-books. No class limit. Microsoft Word 2010 Basics: Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Internet Searching Basics: Thursday, Feb. 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Facebook 101 – using Facebook: Thursday, Feb. 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Microsoft Excel 2010 – Excel basics: Thursday, Feb. 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Learn how to organize and sort your data, a spreadsheet is worth a thousand words. Friends of the Library will be meeting Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m., in the community meeting room. Please come and see what the Friends of the Library are all about. You can check out the FOL on Facebook at Keep an eye on the library Web site for upcoming Friends information, or contact Loreen Clayton-Morrell at (This meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 4 and is now on Feb. 11). There will be coffee and treats. Upcycled mitten making Saturday, Feb. 4, 10-11:30 a.m. Sew your own mittens from recycled wooly sweaters. Patterns, tools and instructions provided – all ages welcome. Free! Individual help for basic computer questions Mondays from 1-3 p.m. Bring your own laptop; check out a library laptop or workstation. Call ahead to ensure availability.

School’s out! SCFPL’s after-school program for kids age 8-plus. Meet friends, get homework help and hang out at the library on Wednesdays during the school year from 3:30 till 5 p.m. Take bus No. 9 down to the library on Wednesday afternoons (with a note from your parent or guardian). Contact Cole,, for more info and to sign up for updates. Community meeting room is available for your organization Reserve the meeting room with our online form at Story hour with Cole Listen to stories, create art and have fun with other kids and parents every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Check out our Web site It has up-to-date information on what’s happening at the library and other useful library tools you can use at home, Look for us on Facebook. Hours The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 715-483-1777. Email: Online:

BMC presents board member with service award GRANTSBURG – The business of providing health care is a complicated, ever-changing endeavor. Planning for the future is made even more challenging by such variables as government regulations, emerging technology and an aging population. There have been many changes over the last decade; and at the local level where some facilities merged, some facilities closed and some new facilities were built. In times like these, good leadership makes all the difference. That’s why the board of directors at the Burnett Medical Center’s annual meeting on Jan. 17 recognized Craig Selander for his nine years of service. Burnett Medical Center CEO Gordy Lewis presents Craig SeBMC CEO Gordy Lewis lander with a service award. - Special photo presented Selander with The citation also expresses the board’s a framed citation that acknowledged his faithful service to the board during a time appreciation for Selander’s “standing in of significant change. More specifically, the community, knowledge, determinathe award applauds both his stewardship tion, patience and insight,” calling them and “tireless efforts concerning the design, “invaluable assets.” - Jean Koelz, with subconstruction and cost of the new facility.” mitted information

Balsam Lake Public Library

Story time Bring the little ones to the library for story time every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for stories, crafts and snacks. All ages welcome to join our lively group. Computer classes Free computer classes at the library. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. – Beginning Excel; Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m. – Open forum class. More to be scheduled, check for updated information. Call or e-mail library to reserve your spot, 715-485-3215, Space is limited. Java January Join the group on Mondays and Wednesdays in January. Julia’s Java coffee of the day will be available. New books coming in February “Kill Shot” by Vince Flynn, “Celebrity in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult, “Home Front” by Kristin Hannah, “Private Games." No. 3 in a series, by James Patterson, “Left for Dead”

by J.A. Jance, “Into the Darkness” by V.C. Andrews, “Bonnie” by Iris Johansen and “Copper Beach” by Jayne A. Krentz.

New DVDs just in “Shaun the Sheep: Wooly Good Time,” “Puss in Boots,” “Sid the Science Kid - Sid in Motion,” and “Moneyball.” New music CDs Joe Nichols Book club Book club meets Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. Everyone welcome. Hours Balsam Lake Library, (under the water tower) at 404 Main St., Balsam Lake. Hours are Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. E-mail: Web site: www.balsamlake, 715-485-3215.


Justin Born Sept. 26, 2000

Justin is a handsome 11-year-old boy with a smile that will light up your day. He loves the outdoors and is very open to trying new things. Justin loves riding dirt bikes, sports and painting with watercolors. He has a witty sense of humor and is very smart. Justin loves to cuddle and feel loved by those around him. Justin is currently in the fifth grade and loves math, reading and physical education classes. A family wishing to adopt Justin would have to possess patience, guidance and excellent communication skills to help him understand his new family and their expectations of him. Justin would benefit from a family that openly shows affection for each other and is willing to give him praise

and encouragement. Justin’s social worker says that it would be in Justin’s best interest to stay in Wisconsin due to ongoing contact with his half brother. The worker also recommends that Justin be placed in a single-male household or a two-parent household. He would do best with older siblings in the home or no sibling at all due to some jealousy issues toward younger children that Justin is currently working on. Justin has had a few struggles in the past, but with a stable, loving home, who knows what he can achieve. For more information about Justin, or other Wisconsin children waiting for adoptive homes, call Adoption Resources of Wisconsin at 414475-1246 or 800-762-8063 or visit the Web site at - Photo submitted

Siren Senior news

Nona Severson

We had our monthly senior meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17. It was so nice to see so many people attending our meeting. New officers for 2012 were installed. If anybody is interested in getting a Wii bowling game started, contact Abby Brand. It was mentioned that we have to start planning for the Good Friday breakfast, which will be on Friday, April 6. We are looking for volunteers to start planning the breakfast. We decided that we should hold a potluck lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 15. This will be a fundraiser for the center. We hope everyone will keep this date in mind. The potluck will start at 11:30 a.m. The nutrition program does not serve lunch on Wednesdays. So this is a good time to come for the potluck. After

Frederic Senior Center Dave Peterson

We finally got a cold week but still not much snow. Winners at Spades this week were Margaret Ulick, Marlyce Borchert, Holly Stonesifer and Liz Ruhn. Winners at 500 were Marlyce Borchert, Susie Hughes, Arnie Borchert and Lorraine Hanson. Remember we play Spades at 1 p.m. on Monday, 500 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Pokeno at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday and Dime Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There are still lots of openings for tax help on Thursday, Feb. 16 and Thursday, March 15, call for an appointment or walk-ins are welcome.

we eat, you are invited to stay and play 500 with us. We start playing cards at 1 p.m. We want to extend gratitude to Sandy Wohlotz for all her donations for the craft shop. We really do appreciate all the items. Also gratitude is extended to the lady who dropped off a puzzle on Friday. Sorry, we did not get your name. The winners at 500 were Darleen Groves, Candace Doriott, Inez Pearson and Bea Gorin. Spade winners were Anke Olesen, Darleen Groves, Sue Newburger, Tony Rutter and Dwaine Bentley. It is so nice to see so many players from neighboring towns. Stay warm and healthy.


Fran Krause

LaVonne O'Brien

Last Tuesday, Fran Krause, Diane Medaglia, Adeline Ingalls, Amy Kopecky and LaVonne O’Brien attended the executive board meeting for HCE at the Government Center. Sunday dinner guests at Fran Krause’s home, to celebrate Kent and Mark’s birthdays, were Kent and Nancy, Mark, Deanna and Brad Krause. Last Wednesday, Nancy Krause, along with the Ammend family, celebrated the sixth wedding anniversary of Tom and Marge Ammend at Foxxy’s in Spooner. Last week Teresa, Dave and Amy Childers spent the week in San Antonio, Texas, to attend the graduation of Wally Childers from basic training. Wally is the grandson of Jack and LaVonne O’Brien. He will now be stationed in Fort Worth, Texas. Tom and Becky O’Brien returned from a two-week vacation in Arizona.


Sixth-annual Scouts Fishing Fun Day held near Siren Results from the Youth Fishing Fun Day

Northern Jace Alan Jacob

6 lbs., 11 oz. 6 lbs. 5 lbs., 6 oz.

Crappie Laycee William Brandon

.47 oz. .34 oz. .3 oz.

Bass Nick McCoy McCoy

4 lbs., 11 oz. 1 lb., 5 oz. .5 oz.

Panfish Neveah Devan Laycee

.79 oz. .40 oz. .29 oz.

Each of the youth who participated in the sixth-annual Youth Fishing Fun Day were given some sort of prize whether they caught a fish or not. The largest bass caught weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces, and the largest pike was 6 pounds, 11 ounces. – Photos by Tracy Green

At least 55 youth ice anglers participated in the sixth-annual Cub Scouts Pack 564 Youth Fishing Fun dDy on Big Doctor Lake near Siren on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pack 564 includes Siren, Webster and the Danbury area.

An eagle flies to a perch overlooking Big Doctor Lake during the youth ice-fishing contest.

At least 32 kids participated in the sled races that were held on Big Doctor Lake near Siren. Firstplace winners received an ice-fishing sled, while second place brought home a tip-up, and third place was a rod and reel combo.

Prizes were awarded to all the youth who participated and those who caught fish. There were prizes for the largest fish, first fish of the day, the last fish caught during the day and even the smallest fish of the day.


Webster/Siren/Danbury Cub Scout Pack 564 Would Like To Thank The Sponsors Of Their 6th-Annual Youth Fishing Fun Day On Big Doctor Lake Held Sunday, January 22

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Men & Women of the Moose Lodge Siren Lions Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports Shop Fur, Fins & Feathers Sports LLC Wild Bill’s Sports & Spirits Backwoods Beer & Bait Log Cabin Store & Eatery Yourchuck’s True Value Holiday StationStores, Siren Auto Stop Fourwinds Market Wayne’s Foods Plus O’Reilly Auto Parts Doug Felsenthal Benton Septic

Fish big and small were caught by all ages of girls and boys on Big Doctor Lake during the youth fishing event. The event was free and included a meal of chips, hot dogs and hot chocolate. The event has grown over the years and will be held in late January 2013.


Showcasing science Student projects on display at Grantsburg Middle School Science Fair by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – Grantsburg Middle School students busied themselves with last-minute preparations to their science fair exhibits as the judges began arriving in the gym. The Friday, Jan. 20, fair was the culmination of hours of work done by fourththrough eighth-grade students who researched and then created displays on subjects of interest to them. “I think students who enter the GMS Science Fair demonstrate characteristics of lifelong learners: A strong sense of curiosity, a willingness to problem-solve to discover new things about the world around them and a need to share their new

Jonathan Michaels, Ashley Bistram and Mikala Hammer created a display on wind energy for their science fair project. – Photos by Priscilla Bauer knowledge with others,” said middle school fourth-grade teacher David Stevenson.

Throughout the morning the judges, volunteers from the community, listened intently to presentations given by the students on their exhibits. “There are a lot of folks from the area and the school who come together to put this on and they all volunteer because they recognize the importance of supporting young minds in our community,” said Stevenson of the community support for the fair. Students later welcomed the public, high school and elementary students at the afternoon viewing of their displays. “The work done by the students is on their own time and their sense of accomplishment, aside from the wonderful recognition of those attending the fair, really comes from inside themselves,” noted Stevenson.

Fifth-grader Ben Johnson was having fun demonstrating his water purification system to visitors coming to the Grantsburg Middle School Science Fair on Friday, Jan. 20.

Science fair judge Van Brock looked over Hallie Jensen and Maddie Duncan’s display titled “Organic vs. Genetically Modified Foods.”

Grantsburg Middle School students Olivia Brock and Gracie Gerber were excited to tell science fair visitors all the facts about broken bones.

Fifth-grade student Luke Trittelwitz explained the water purification system he and fellow stuSeventh-grade students Nick Plunkett and Matthew Lewis thought of a creative way to show dent Ben Johnson created to a group of students from Ms. Diesterhaft’s class. Students Ricky Stahl and Brittany Erickson watched as Johnson prepared to give the group a demonstration. science fair visitors how their electric boat worked.


Miller recognized for years of service by Grantsburg Fair Association by Priscilla Bauer Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG - Quentin Miller was the center of attention at the Jan. 19 Grantsburg Fair Association annual meeting. Accolades and anecdotes came throughout the evening for Miller, who is retiring from the board, after 38 years of service, 32 of which were as board secretary-treasurer. “The fair isn’t going to be the same without Quentin,” said board President Jerry Kozak. “We wish Quentin well and thank him for his service,” said longtime friend Don Chell. Miller took all the recognition with a smile as the fair association members gathered for a group photo with the retiree. Later Miller reminisced about how the fair has changed since he became then fair secretary Tony Swanson’s assistant. “I started by doing the reports and taking the minutes.” Miller said over the years those reports became more complicated and costs to run the fair increased. Miller recalled when the only grandstand events at the fair were the horse and tractor pulls. “The Friday night demo derby has really helped generate income for the fair.” As to what has changed most over the past 38 years, Miller remarked, “ I think it’s the people who are attending the fair.” “When I started there were a whole lot of farmers who came to the fair. They’d come every day just to visit with

Grantsburg Fair Board President Jerry Kozak congratulated and thanked retiring Secretary-Treasurer Quentin Miller for his 38 years of service at the fair association’s annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19.

each other.“ Not only has there been a difference in who’s attending the fair but a difference in what animals are being exhibited. “There are fewer cattle at the fair now and more horses,” noted Miller. “The fair wasn’t always free like it is now,“ Miller remembered. “Tickets were sold at the entrance gate. And back then exhibitors paid entry fees, too. Today there are no entry fees and the fair association pays out a lot more in premiums.” While Miller says he won’t miss the long hours he put in during the fair (sometimes from early morning to after 2 a.m.) he will miss visiting with people coming to enjoy the annual event. “I’ve gotten to talk with so many people I otherwise wouldn’t have met.” Miller laughed when asked about his retirement plans. “Well, I really haven’t found much spare time yet. I’m still finishing up some reports. But eventually I hope to get some things done at home.” But for a while the home chores may have to wait since Miller has agreed to stay on as a board director for another year to help with the transition. “It will be nice just going to the meetings without having to prepare anything, “chuckled Miller. The photos taken, there were handshakes and hugs for Miller from members knowing all too well they hadn’t seen the last of him. After all, as one member remarked, “Quentin and the fair, they’re institutions.”

Grantsburg Fair Association members posed for a photo with retiring Secretary-Treasurer Quentin Miller at the close of their annual meeting. Pictured, front row (L to R): Laurel Nelson, Gene Burnham, JD Glover, Quentin Miller, Scott Doornink and Bruce Scheider. Back row: Erik Melin, Jeff Chell, Jerry Kozak, Dan Byers, Brian Sundby, Mike Chell, Deb Goepfert and Coke Scheider. - Photos by Priscilla Bauer

Siren pre-K and kindergarten learn about bears

Ryan and Laura Wolf, from Wolf’s Taxidermy of Siren, brought a full-size bear mount, a real bear skull, a bear head mount and a bear rug to show the kindergarten and pre-K Dragonflies. The children learned a lot about bears and also had many bear stories to share. – Photos submitted


Siren Dragonfl fliies make bread

Mrs. Hoehne’s Siren pre-K Dragonflies had fun making homemade bread with Julie Yezek from Burnett County Extension on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The families each went home with a loaf of bread. Fun was had by all. – Photos submitted

Grantsburg Academic Decathlon team goes to regionals Brings home seven awards by Jean Koelz Leader staff writer GRANTSBURG – On Friday, Jan. 13, nine Grantsburg high school seniors competed at the UW-Barron County Regional Academic Decathlon. Of the 114 teams that participated in local competitions last November, Grantsburg was one of 60 teams to advance to the regional level. The team consisted of Zack Arnold, Rachel Diffee, Kali Fleischauer, Elizabeth Gaffney, Lucas Henneman, Daniel Larsen, Kelsey Meyer, Kyle Roberts and Samantha Scribner. The team was selected based on teacher nominations. The students have been preparing for the competition since October, meeting in the mornings before school and studying on their own. During each stage of competition, all nine team members take tests across a variety of subjects; then the top two test scores in each category determine the team’s overall score. Grantsburg math and physics teacher Mark Johnson has been the team’s advisor for several years. “I like the regional competition best,” Johnson explained, “because in addition to the tests, each student has to give a prepared speech, an impromptu speech, and do a private interview with two judges.” This means that each competitor began the day taking three written tests, spent two to three hours giving speeches and interviews, then

The Grantsburg High School Academic Decathlon team members are back row (L to R): Lucas Henneman, Zack Arnold, Daniel Larsen, Kyle Roberts and advisor Mark Johnson. Front row: Kali Fleischauer, Kelsey Meyer, Samantha Scribner, Rachel Diffee and Elizabeth Gaffney. – Photo submitted took three more written tests. Although Grantsburg is not one of the 20 schools advancing to the state competition in March, the team brought home several individual awards from regionals. Lucas Henneman placed third in honors music; Daniel Larsen placed third in honors essay; Kyle Roberts placed third in both honors economics and honors science; Zack Arnold placed third in scholastics mathematics; Samantha Scribner placed third in varsity mathematics; and

Elizabeth Gaffney brought home a first-place ribbon for her varsity interview. Wisconsin Academic Decathlon is a nonprofit, extracurricular high school program and charter member of the United States Academic Decathlon. Wisconsin maintains the ranking of fourth largest participating state, among 36 nationwide, in its 29th year of competition.


Two local women among 34 UW-Superior distance learning graduates SUPERIOR - Both Holly Jensen of Frederic and Dawn Stoner of Webster participated in the winter commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 17, at UW-Superior’s Distance Learning Center. Jensen received her degree in social work, while Stoner completed an individually designed major in social services management. The two women were among 34

students to receive their diplomas at a graduation ceremony held at UW-Superior’s Marcovich Wellness Center. “We share in the pride and joy that our graduating students experience with their families and friends - knowing an important milestone has been achieved,” said Peter Nordgren, associate dean for distance learning and continuing education.

The Distance Learning Center has been serving students for more than 30 years, offering five fully accredited undergraduate degrees: communicating arts, elementary education, interdisciplinary studies (individually designed), sustainable management, and health and wellness management. “With 18 percent of UW-Superior’s enrollment being distance

learning students, online learning is a new medium that bundles all kinds of learning experiences in a structured, interactive way for the learner,” said Nordgren. Further information about distance learning through UW-Superior can be found at distancelearning. – Jean Koelz, with submitted information

Luck students take part in Honors Band

FFA members attend convention

2012 USCVMA Honor Band was held in Grantsburg on Monday, Jan. 9. The top students from 10 area high schools participated in the honor band. The concert band worked with guest conductor, Eric Anderson, from Anoka Ramsey Community College. The following Luck students (L to R) participated: Geoffrey Maiden Mueller, Dylan LeMay, Julie Franzel, Samantha Gore, Kylie Rich, Jordan Hendrickson, Katelyn Dinnies, Travis Muller and Tanner Nielsen. - Photo by Lori Nelson

Two members of the Frederic FFA were able to attend the Half-Time Destination: Unknown Convention in Stevens Point on Jan. 6 and 7. The students attended workshops eight throughout the two days. Some of the workshops consisted of learning about other countries issues and how FFA could help make a difference. They also learned how to work together as officers/members of the FFA to make their FFA better and stronger. The students said the most meaningful part of the convention was learning how important FFA really is. Being a member is not just being part of a club, you are actually part of a team with more than just friends at school. It is all of Wisconsin coming together to reach “Our Destination.” The students say their favorite part of the convention was, “How we went to a dance, not knowing anyone, and got to meet new people and have a good time. The food was amazing.” Shown (L to R) are Frederic FFA students Katelyn Douglas and Kourtni Douglas, and Wisconsin State FFA President Ethan Giebel. - Photo submitted

Tyler Welch shares "Tacky the Penguin" book with kindergarteners Luck fifth-grader Tyler Welch shares the book”Tacky the Penguin” with kindergarteners Zoe Allen, Teddy Thompson, Carson Engstrand, Elise King, Jackson Cramlet, Brianna Brown and Sam Morley as a final activity for his library skills storytelling unit. The fifth-graders spent time learning about children’s reading and interest levels, as well as skills needed to properly tell a story and maintain the audience’s interest. The unit ended with a storytelling party followed by punch and cookies. – Photo submitted









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Boozhoo and hello to Round Lake community members Well here we go again. This my second article of update to you. I hope this awesome weather is appreciated by everyone. This mild winter sure has given us a wonderful gift, a different experience from the coldness we have always experienced in January. The weather is a godsend for the elders and the Energy Assistance Program. Several of the Round Lake community have new outdoor woodstoves. This was possible through a grant from the federal government and Housing. I am sure these members will keep warm and not have to deal with smoke or stove cleaning inside. We need to give Housing a special thank-you for monies well spent. Steve and the logging crew are still cutting wood so we will have plenty of wood this winter. Please ask if you need wood. The handyman continues to cut wood too for the elders and others who need it. We will look forward to a happier

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Community News Phyllis Lowe St. Croix Tribal treas./sec. new year with modest changes in your programs here and there. We will need to work together to make this new year better. The council is initiating policy changes and for now, focusing on family-supporting jobs. This council is not allowing for, “This is the way it has always been.” We are changing policy to effect positive growth, and implementing innovative ways with unique ideas to be out of the box. We are working to provide a more stable job and economic base. The council is looking into becoming more independent of gaming revenue. We are researching new ventures in our old fishery, wood products, fertilizer production, carp removal from our lakes and revitalizing our rice beds. Other ideas and work areas are wood management, land management and

maple sugar production. Another top priority is grant writing and networking, finding new resources to implement our change in team building and work practices. Moving on, there have been major cuts in the transportation program and gas purchases. We have cut in half the charges for gas and now only fund medical transportation. I want to thank everyone for helping us with that expenditure that was placing a heavy burden on finances. I personally have assisted some new hires to get to Turtle Lake for processing. I am trying hard to get people to work. We definitely need your help in getting our bottom line in the black. We are working on setting aside funds to be able to assist you next year at Christmastime. Just be patient and I am sure we will have a more positive outlook for the new year. My daily schedule is still super busy, but I am never too busy to see tribal members. Stop in and say hello. I also want to take time here to express my gratitude to the wonderful staff who put the children’s Christmas party together. They did a great job and the children loved the party, so did the parents. I have had many members stop in to say

thank you for doing this. The team fundraised for the party and it was totally free from tribal expense. Great job, well done. I will continue to look out for your funds and find new ways to provide benefits for the members. I hope this update is helpful. Until next time stay healthy and warm. I love this quote: “Remember magic is believing in yourself. If you can do it, you can make anything happen.” Author unknown. We can do this together. Postive news: • Doing research on constitutional change. This will help move the change forward as your priority. • Doing research on grants for houses for our Round Lake community. • Working on setting up new food programs to help with our budgets. • Look for these programs to happen this year (maybe in February). I hope this update will give you a look into our governmental programs goals and objectives. Phyllis Lowe, M.Ed Secretary/Treasurer St. Croix Tribal Council, Round Lake representative

Co-op members donated $16,495 to local programs CENTURIA – Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up awarded $16,495 to 20 community organizations at its winter 2012 quarterly meeting. Funding for Operation Round-Up is donated by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who round their monthly electric bill up to the next even dollar amount. Grants are awarded quarterly by a committee of coop members to organizations that improve our local quality of life, according to the cooperative principles. Grant recipients for winter 2012 are: 1. Burnett County Family Resource Center, $1,000, to offer Red Cross-certified swimming lessons for children in Burnett County. 2. Grantsburg Public Library, $865, to replace computers and a catalog machine. 3. Burnett County Restorative Justice, $865, to address crime and repair harm by connecting victims and offenders. 4. Grantsburg School District Community Education, $865, to help with Prairie Fire Theatre. 5. Kinder Readers, Osceola Elementary School, $500, to purchase books for kindergarteners. 6. Car Care: Christians in Action, $1,000, to help single mothers with auto repairs. 7. Burnett County Home and Community Education, $865, to buy books for preschoolers. 8. Clayton School District, $900, to purchase an iPad and software for special education students.

Merle Bergen (center) presented a $1,000 check to Car Care in Amery Saturday, Jan. 14, on behalf of Polk-Burnett’s Operation Round-Up. The grant will help single mothers with auto repairs. Accepting the check are Sam Monson (left), Priority Auto Sales of Amery/Son Auto of Clear Lake, and Wayne Larson (right), Car Care crew chief and Priority Auto Sales, Amery. Operation Round-Up is funded by members of Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative who volunteer to round their electric bill up, with all money donated back to the community. – Photo submitted 9. Polk County Home and Community Education, $865, to purchase books for Polk County Head Start. 10. The Salvation Army, Polk County,

Serenity Home, $500, to assist with transportation for homeless individuals at Serenity Home. 11. Frederic Community Education,

$750, to help with Prairie Fire Theatre. 12. Frederic Birch Street Elementary School, $865, to help fund an Americanthemed education program. 13. Polk County Health Department, $865, to offer breastfeeding classes for women in WIC. 14. Lamar Community Center, $865, to install a wheelchair lift and make rest rooms and kitchen handicap accessible. 15. St. Croix Valley Orchestra, $865, to purchase musical arrangements and instruments. 16. Osceola Public Library, $865, to build a ramp for better access to upper level. 17. Milltown Public Library, $600, to assist with 2012 summer reading program for youth. 18. Indianhead Community Action Agency, Burnett Connections, $865, to purchase food for Burnett Connections Food Pantry. 19. Siren Girls Basketball, $865, to purchase team shirts for athletes in second through 12th grade. 20. Family Resource Center of St. Croix Valley, $865, to offer parent education for families of preschoolers. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant or co-op members who’d like to round their bill up in support of Operation Round-Up may call 800421-0283 or visit The next application deadline is March 1. – from Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative


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Love one another I love chocolate, classical music and a good novel. I love to watch the deer, to hike a mountain trail and to spend time with family and friends. I love a good game of cribbage, a run through a rain puddle and making silly faces with my grandchild. Should we love “things” as well as people? There are different kinds of love—love for chocolate, love for family, love for a mate, and “agape” love for others that comes from God. The saying, “God is love,” is much more than just an old saying. The Bible teaches us that God’s very nature is love. His thoughts and actions are loving. He created the Earth and all that is in it—especially mankind—with love. He loves each one of us. When we create something—a painting, a song on the piano, a quilt—we do so out of love not only for the product, but also for the process and the end result. Even in the imperfections of these things (for only God is perfect), they are loved. But things we create or enjoy pale next to our love for other human beings. We experience love in its finest form when we love others regardless of their imperfections. When we allow God’s love to fill us, we automatically care more about another’s happiness than our own. When God’s love fills us, the slogan “love one another” becomes more than a slogan. It becomes a daily reality. Agape love—true and unconditional love from God alone—takes practice. The Bible says we should “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) Anything worthwhile takes practice. By intentionally, prayerfully loving others, especially the unloving or unlovable, we begin to develop a new habit that each day will become easier. It’s not easy to love the person who has maligned us or taken advantage of us. It’s not easy to deliberately show love to someone whom we know will never return our love. But with the help of Christ, it is possible. “With God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27) God has promised to do great things through the love he bestows on us, if we give him the chance. His love in us and through us can cause even the most hardened hearts to be healed. Lord, as we accept your love in our hearts, use us in mighty ways to move the hearts of others through our intentional, prayerful expressions of love. May our love for you and for others be evident in our thoughts, our words and our deeds. In Jesus’ name, amen. Bair may be reached at

Gary W. Kosloski Gary W. Kosloski, 55, a resident of Siren, died on Jan. 21, 2012. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m., visitation 10-11 a.m., at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Frederic. A full obituary will follow in a later edition. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Ivar H. Johnson, 83, Town of Georgetown, passed away on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, in his home, which was the home he was born in on Oct. 5, 1928. Ivar was the son of Gust and Carolina (Halverson) Johnson. As a child, Ivar attended Bunyan Elementary School and graduated from Balsam Lake High School. He married Evelyn Johnson in March of 1961 in southern Minnesota. The couple resided in the Town of Georgetown, where they owned and operated the family farm. Ivar loved red tractors and spending time with his family and his friends. Ivar leaves to celebrate his memory, his wife, Evelyn of Georgetown; his sister, Corinne Glaubitz of Bloomington, Minn.; nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gust and Carolina; his brother, John Johnson; and his sister, Ruth Knauber. Ivar was laid to rest at the Bunyan Union Cemetery in Georgetown. Casket bearers will be Ivar’s family and friends. To express online condolences, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Alano “Lonny” Virchow, 61, a resident of Siren, died Dec. 23, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. He was born on Aug. 3, 1950, in Shell Lake, to Elmo and Ella Virchow. On Feb. 29, 1996, he married Connie in the Town of Meenon. With this union came many adventures, always ending with “Don’t worry, Sweetie Pie will take care of it.” Lonny served in the United States Army from 1968 until 1972 before being honorably discharged. After the service, he traveled the country where he worked on the oil rigs off the shores of Louisiana, High Steel in Texas and ending with his favorite job of over-the-road truck driver. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and smoking wild game. To his family and friends he smoked the best goose jerky and venison sausage. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo (Butch) and Ella Virchow. He is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Heidi (Jody) Moody and Olivia (Marc) Hunter; grandchildren, Tyler, Mercedes, Brady and Evan; his brothers, Gary Virchow and Jeff (Liesel) Virchow; sister, Janet Ness; his faithful companion “Reno;” along with nieces, nephews, many relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Siren Chapel. Online condolences can be made at The Swedberg-Taylor Family Funeral Home, Webster, was entrusted with arrangements.

James Eugene “Jim” Foster James Eugene “Jim” Foster, 75, Roberts, passed away Jan. 16, 2012, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. James was born June 22, 1936, in New Richmond, the son of Raymond and Jean Margaret (Graham) Foster. In his earlier years, James and his family lived in Missouri for a short time, which brought many fond childhood memories for him. He graduated from Roberts High School in 1954. He was united in marriage in Grantsburg, on May 8, 1965, to Jean Paulson. Their marriage was blessed with three children. James worked as a transportation agent for Northwest Airlines for 39 years; retiring in 1998. James and his family raised and showed purebred Arabian horses for many years. He enjoyed antiques and deer hunting. He was also an avid Green Bay Packer football fan. He cherished his family and enjoyed his time with his two grandchildren. James will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of 46 years, Jean; children, Michael, and Laura (Charles) Hahr; grandchildren, Jacob and Yekaterina “Katya” Hahr; sister, Lucy Smith and sister-in-law, Mary Kay Foster. He is preceded in death by his brother, Wilson “Bill” Foster, brother-in-law, Richard Smith, parents and infant son. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Delbert Permann officiating. Interment will take place at the Warren Cemetery in Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Fern, Gordon Gallati, Charlie Grupe, David Smith, Joel Foust and Earl Pechuman. The O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson,, was entrusted with arrangements.

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Eunice Lillian Alen Eunice Lillian Alen, 91, Balsam Lake, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the Golden Age Manor Nursing Home in Amery. She was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Ellison Bay, the daughter of Albert and Lena (Herman) Isaacson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m., at the East Balsam Baptist Church with Pastor Gabe Brennan officiating. Visitation will be at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., and then again at the East Balsam Baptist Church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m.. until the time of service. Eunice will be laid to rest at the Bunyan Union Cemetery following the service. Casket bearers will be Eunice’s family. A full obituary will be published at a later date. To express condolences to the family, please visit The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

Using cover crops to improve soil quality and farm profitability SPOONER — Cover crops or green manures are gaining popularity with farmers and market gardeners as they look for ways to improve soil tilth, prevent nutrient and soil loss, and improve their bottom line. UW-Extension nutrient and pest management specialist Kevin Shelly will share his experiences with using rye, clovers and other short-season crops in various cropping systems on Friday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m., at the Spooner Ag Research Station as part of the 2012 Northern Safari Series Shelly will discuss which cover crops to plant in various cropping systems, how to fit them into different rotations, and what equipment is needed to plant and manage them. Shelly has extensive experience with cereal rye following corn silage and frost seeding red clovers into winter wheat. He’ll share how farmers are doing this and explain the economic and environmental benefits. Also discussed will be some practical options in selecting, planting and managing other cover crops in our northern region. How can tillage or forage radish, buckwheat, turnips or other green manure crops be used to improve your bottom line? This seminar will provide you with the tools and information to decide how cover crops can fit into grain crop, hay/pasture and market garden systems. The final topic of the series will be Raising Backyard Pigs by Mahlon Peterson, interim UW swine specialist and swine team leader, Friday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 am. Mahlon will conduct a pork quality assurance training and certification following the seminar at 1 p.m. This winter marks the 28th year that UW-Extension for Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer counties has sponsored the Northern Wisconsin Safari of Agriculture Specialists. The goal of this series is to bring University of Wisconsin-Extension specialists, agents and their expertise to the state’s northern counties with the latest research-based information for farmers and farm businesses. Seminars are held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Spooner Ag Research Station. They are free and open to the public. Preregistration is requested. For more information about the safari, contact Kevin Schoessow or Otto Wiegand at 715-635-3506 or 800-5281914. UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements. — from UW-Extension


CHURCH NEWS Adopted child needs time to adjust to new family Q: My son is 6 years old; we recently adopted him from overseas. He’s an amazing kid – charming, smart, fun and cheerful. My only concern is that he’s very impulsive. When he’s under supervision he does very well. When he’s on his own he does whatever he wants and doesn’t think through the consequences. Do you have any suggestions on what would help us with his impulsiveness? Juli: Congratulations on your new addition. What a wonderful opportunity to change a life. Kids who are adopted, domestically or internationally, have been through the traumatic experiences of abandonment and a drastic change in their environment. This is particularly true when kids are adopted after infancy. Behavior problems, developmental delays and bonding difficulties are very typical and vary in severity based on a number of factors, including what life was like before the adoption. So, the fact that your primary concern is your son’s impulsivity is a very good sign that he is adjusting well to his new home. It might help you to think of your son as a much younger child when it comes to his impulsivity. For example, how long

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would you leave a 2- or 3-year-old unattended without expecting him to get into trouble? Don’t set your expectations of him based on age, but rather on maturity. Until your son matures, you may need to have boundaries that are more consistent with a toddler or a preschooler. For example, he may not be mature enough to be left alone in a room with sharp scissors. In other areas, he may be even more mature than a 6-year-old, so treat him accordingly. Children who are adopted generally need more consistency and structure than the average child. However, they can also be easily overdisciplined because of their sensitivity to rejection. Work together with teachers and other adults in his life to consistently teach that every choice has consequences. If his impulsivity continues over time or if he is at risk for harming himself or others, it would be wise to consult with his pediatrician. ••• Q: A dear friend of ours lost her husband over the holidays. We want to sup-

port her in any way we can, but don’t really know where to begin. Jim: Your friendship could well be a lifeline to her during this critical time. The post-holiday period can be depressing for many people anyway. Add to that the loss and grief associated with the death of your friend’s husband, and the picture becomes very bleak indeed. In a general sense, it’s important that you simply make yourself available to your friend whenever she may need you. No matter how busy your life gets, bend over backward to make time for her. By all means, don’t avoid her for fear that you don’t know how to help or what to say. Many people feel pressure to make a profound speech or say something eloquent that will “fix” their friend’s grief. But in situations such as these, explanations seldom console and advice is rarely helpful. It’s likely that your friend simply needs your presence and your listening ear as she works through the emotions associated with her loss. Let her know you care without trying to redirect the grieving process. It needs to run its course. On a more practical level, you can make yourself available to help with daily chores and necessities, such as yard work, housework or washing the car. If you’re running an errand, call and ask her if there’s anything you can pick up

for her while you’re out. Finally, keep a watchful eye on your friend and make sure that she’s working through her grief in a healthy way. Watch for negative warning signs, such as excessive sleeping or drug and alcohol abuse. If you think she needs grief counseling, don’t hesitate to suggest it. ••• Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two. Dr. Juli Slattery is a licensed psychologist, cohost of Focus on the Family, author of several books, and a wife and mother of three. Submit your questions to: Copyright 2011 Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Distributed by Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise, without written permission of Focus on the Family.

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Any area business wishing to help sponsor the church listings should contact the Leader at 715-327-4236.


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609 Benson Road; Pastor Curtis Denney Sat. Worship 11 a.m.; Sabbath Schl. 9:30 a.m. ALLIANCE



1259 Hwy. 35 S., St. Croix Falls Sunday Worship: 9 & 11 a.m.




Meeting in homes. Elder: Cliff Bjork, 715-755-3048 Sun. Fellowship - 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. LUTHERAN



1115 Mains Crossing, 1/2 Mile South Hwy. 8 On 110th St.; Sun. Worship 9 a.m.; Sun. School 10:15 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 8:30 a.m.; Wed. LOGOS 3:20 p.m.


Gene E. Jahnke, Pastor, 715-635-7672, Hm. 715-354-7787, Hwy. 70 at 53, Spooner Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School & Bible Classes For All - 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Jay Ticknor, 715-463-5746 3 miles So. of Grantsburg on Hwy. 87 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.


Hwy. 35, 1/2 blk. N. Main St. Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood Pastoral Serv. 715-349-5280 Sun. Worship - 8:30 a.m,; Sun. School 9:45 a.m.


Pastor Peter Rimmereid, 715-755-2562 1947 110th Ave., Dresser Sunday Contemporary Service 8:30 a.m.; Education Hour 9:45 a.m. (Starts 9/18/11); Sunday Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Mary Ann Bowman, 5 mi. E. of Luck on Hwy. 48, 1/2 mi. S. on I; Office - 715-472-2535 Pastor - 715-472-8153, 8:45 a.m. Prayer; 9 a.m. Sun. Schl. & Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Worship; 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Pipe Lake CTH G & T, 715-822-3096 Pastor Steve Miller Sun. Serv. 10:45 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. during schl. yr.; Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sun.


Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt - 715-653-2630 Communion 1st Sun.; Worship 10:15 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

FAITH LUTHERAN - BALSAM LAKE Pastor Diane Norstad 715-485-3800; CTH I & Mill Street Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:20 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st & last Sundays


Pastor Victor St. George, 715-463-5388 Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 10:45 a.m.


561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, MN 651-465-5265 Traditional Worship - 8:30 a.m.; Contemporary Worship - 11 a.m.


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl, 715-648-5323 or 715-648-5324 Sun. Wor. 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.


ELCA - 501 Hwy. 35, 715-646-2357, Mel Rau, Pastor Sun. Wor. & Holy Communion - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:40 a.m.


Rt. 1, Balsam Lake, WI (Fox Creek) Pastor Neal Weltzen; GT Office - 715-857-5580, Parsonage - 715-822-3001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wors. Serv. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m.; Holy Communion - 1st Sun. of each month


Phone 715-327-4340, 715-416-3086, 715-327-8384 Pastor Theresa Riewestahl Worship 9:15 a.m.; Sun. School 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays


(Missouri Synod) Pastor Jody R. Walter, 715-327-8608 Sun. Schl. - 8:45 a.m.; Service - 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sun.


CTH H, 1/2 mi. N. of CTH A & H on H Church Off. 715-635-7791 Pastor Bill Schroeder Sun. Schl. 9 a.m.; Sun. Worship 10 a.m.


Pastor Dorothy Sandahl Sun. Wor. 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 10:30 a.m.


510 Foster Ave. E. Pastor Ralph Thompson Office 715-472-2605; Home 715-472-8424 Sun. Wor. 8 &10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl 9 a.m.


113 W. Main St.. W., Phone 715-825-2453 Pastor Nanette Hagen-Hinck Children’s Sunday Schl. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship


Pastor Emory Johnson, 715-463-5700 685 W. State Road 70, Grantsburg Sun. Wor. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


Pastor Maggie Isaacson, 715-825-3559 3 mi. W. of Milltown on “G” Sun. Wor. - 9:15 a.m.; Wed. Wor. 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays





Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Sunday School - 11 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.


Pastor Carolyn Saunders, 715-463-2624 Worship - 9 a.m.; Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.


Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 9 a.m.


Cindy Glocke, Pastor, 715-866-8646 Sunday Worship - 10:30 a.m.


Pastor Gerald Heinecke Church Phone 715-866-7191 Sun. Schl. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10:30 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 1606 165th Ave., CTH I, Centuria Pastor Freddie Kirk, 715-485-3363 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship - 8:30 a.m.



2355 Clark Road, Dresser, WI, 715-755-2515 Web site: Pastor Wayne Deloach, Intern Melissa Carmack Sun. Wor. 8:30 & 11 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:35 a.m.


Interim Pastor Andrew Hinwood 507 Wisconsin Ave. N., 715-327-8012 Sun. Worship - 10:.30 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 2nd Sundays


(Wisconsin Synod) Pastor Gene DeVries 200 N. Adams St., St. Croix Falls Sun. Wor. - 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 8:30 a.m.


350 Michigan Ave., Centuria Sun. Worship - 10:45 a.m.; Sun. School - 10 a.m.


1614 CTH B, North Luck, Pastor Rob Lubben Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. Contact Leslie Valentine, 715-646-2390; E-mail:


(Missouri Synod) 140 Madison St. South, St. Croix Falls Pastor Mark K. Schoen Sun. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun.School - 10:30 a.m.


Pastor Jack Starr Wor. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - during worship hour

LEWIS MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST Tom Cook, Pastor Worship 8:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.


Pastor Annie Tricker Sun. Worship 11 a.m.; Sun. School 11 a.m. Potluck dinner 1st Sunday

OSCEOLA UNITED METHODIST 306 River Street, Osceola, 715-755-2275 Pastor Mark Gilbert Adult Class - 8:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10 a.m.; Holy Communion 1st Sunday


Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship Service - 10 a.m. Sunday School is at 9 a.m., Nursery available


Pastor Arveda “Freddie” Kirk, 715-327-4436 Pastor Tammy Clausen Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.


Tom Cook, Pastor Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship - 10:15 a.m. (Nursery available)

10 mi. W. of Cumberland on Hwy. 48 (McKinley) - Pastor Neal Weltzin GT Office 715-857-5580, Parsonage 715-8223001, TR Office - 715-822-3001 Wor. Serv. - 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - 10:15 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st Sunday



Rev. Mike Weaver Sunday Worship - 8:15 a.m.

Pastor Gerald Heinecke Home 715-327-8608; Church 715-866-7191 Sunday Worship Service - 8 a.m. Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays


290 W. Government Street, 715-294-4436 Reverend Dr. Rolland Robinson Sunday Service - 10 a.m. with nursery Sunday School - Sept. - May at 10 a.m.





Hwy. 70 East, 715-689-2271, Pastor: Carl Heidel Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Communion -Every Sunday

Pastor Scott Sagle, 715-689-2541 Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Worship 10:30 p.m.; Elevator provided, welcome


Pastor Dave Guertin 7686 Lofty Pines Drive, Siren, 715-349-5601 Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.

300 Seminole Ave. (CTH M) Mark Kock, Pastor, 715-294-2828 Sunday Worship 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Summer, 9 a.m.


Pastors Mike & Linda Rozumalski 1 mi. west of Luck on N, 2478 170th St., Luck Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m. Fellowship 11 a.m.


Rev. Rexford D. Brandt 447 180th St., Osceola, 715-294-2936 Sun. Wor. 8 & 10:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 9:15 a.m. Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month


1/2 mi. W. of Hwy. 35 on U, 715-866-8281, Pastors Douglas Olson, Roger Kampstra and Myron Carlson Services begin at 9:30 a.m.; Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday


5 miles E. of Frederic on W, 2 miles south on I; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st Sunday

ZION LUTHERAN - EAST FARMINGTON (WELS ) Pastor Martin Weigand - 715-294-3489 Sunday Schl. 9 a.m.; Bible Class 9:30 a.m. Worship Serv. 10:30 a.m. Communion - 1st & Last Sunday


Pastor Tim Faust Worship - 11 a.m.; Sunday School - 10 a.m. Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sunday


Pastor Theresa Riewestahl 715-327-8384, 715-416-3086 Fellowship - 10:30 a.m., Sun. Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., Communion - 1st & 2nd Sundays




Rev. Bruce Brooks - 715-483-3550 719 Nevada St. , (between Simonson & Tower Roads) , St. Croix Falls Worship - 10 a.m. (Nursery provided) Sun. Schl. - Child.- 9 a.m.; Sun. Schl. - Adults 8:45 a.m.; Communion 1st Sunday



Pastor Dan Pearson Sunday School 8:45 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. CATHOLIC


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-247-3310 255 St. Hwy. 35, East Farmington Mass Friday 9 a.m.; Sacrament of Penance Sat. 3:30 p.m.


Pastor - Father Frank Wampach 490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-7345 Sat. Vigil 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 & 10:30 a.m. Tues. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m.


Danbury - 7586 St. Rd. 77, 715-866-7321 Pastor - Father Michael J. Tupa Mass - Sat. 4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. (Sept.-May). Reconciliation as per bulletin & by appt.


Balsam Lake - Rev. John A. Drummy, Pastor - 405-2253 Mass: Sat. eves. 6 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Tues. 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:30 a.m. Sun. or by appt.


Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa CTHs A & H - 715-866-7321 Crescent Lake Voyager Village area. Mass Sun. 8 a.m., Thurs. 9:30 a.m. Reconciliation as per bulletin and by appt.


Pastor: Rev. Dennis M. Mullen, 715-327-8119 St. Dominic: Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception: Sat. 6:30 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m. Call the office for daily & holy day Mass times


Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-247-3310 139 Church Hill Rd., Somerset Mass Sun. 8:30 a.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. Sacrament of Penance Sun. 8 a.m.



Pastor Father Frank Wampach, 651-465-7345 25293 Redwing Ave., Shafer, MN Sunday 9 a.m.

716 S. Robert St., Grantsburg, 715-463-5699 Sr. Pastor Brad Moore David Ahlquist, Assoc. Pastor Sun. Worship 9:30 a.m.; Sun. School 11 a.m.



Pastor Father Michael J. Tupa, 715-866-7321 Cedar & Muskey Ave. - Webster Mass Sun 10 a.m., Wed. 5:30 p.m. (Sept-May), Fri. 9 a.m. (Summer)

Pastor Doug McConnell Youth Pastor Chris Radtke At Grantsburg High School, 715-463-5794 Sun. Serv. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. Schl. 11 a.m.


Pastor Merrill Olson, Interim Pastor 715-327-8402 Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Wor. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.;



1050 North Keller Ave., Amery, 715-268-7717 Father John Drummy, Pastor Sat. Mass 4 p.m., Sun. Mass 10:30 a.m. Mass Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m. Rev. Thomas E. Thompson, 715-294-2243 255 E. 10th Ave., Osceola Masses: Sun. 10:30 a.m., Tues. 5 p.m. Thurs. at 10 a.m. at Osc. Nursing Home ASSEMBLY


CENTURIA ASSEMBLY OF GOD Pastor Don Wiltshire, 715-640-6400 Centuria - Phone 715-646-2172 Sunday Service: 10 a.m.


Pastor Larry Mederich, 715-294-4332 Mtg. @ St. Croix Art Barn; Sun. Serv. - 9 a.m. Nursery and children church


Pastor Andrew Bollant Sun. Schl. - 9:15 a.m.; Morn. Serv. - 10:15 a.m.; Supervised Nursery; Wed. Evening - Worship Serv. 6:30 p.m.




Pastor Bruce Tanner, 715-268-2176 942 U.S. Hwy. 8, Amery Sun. Schl. 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m.


Pastor Greg Lund, 715-327-8767 700 Churchwood Lane; 505 Old CTH W, Frederic Sun. Schl. - 9 a.m.; Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services Sat. Worship - 6 p.m., Luck Senior Center


Pastor Dave Williams 933 248th St., Osceola Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School Sept.-May 8:45 a.m. Children’s Church & Nursery provided


Pastor Dale VanDeusen, 715-488-2296 or 715-488-2653 20296 Hwy. 87, Grantsburg Morning Wor. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 10:45 a.m.; Nursery provided for all services BAPTIST


EAST BALSAM BAPTIST - BALSAM LK. Pastor Gabe Brennan, 715-857-5411

Wor. Service - 9 a.m.; Sun. School-10:15 a.m.


2393 210th Ave., St. Croix Falls Pastor Willis Christenson, 715-483-9464 Sun. School - 10 a.m.; Wor. Service - 11 a.m.


Hwy. 35 and CTH N., Luck Bill McEachern Pastor, 715-485-3973 Sun. Bible study - 9 a.m.; Sun. Wor. - 10 a.m.


131 Broadway St., 715-268-2223;; E-mail: Reg. office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastor Charlie Butt, Lead Pastor; Nick Buda, Associate Pastor Sunday Service: 9 a.m.; All ages Sunday School 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nursery available


Pastor Steve Ward Sunday School - (all ages) - 9:30 a.m. Church Serv. - 10:45 a.m.


Pastor Marlon Mielke, 715-825-3186 Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., 7 p.m.


Located across from elemen. school on West St., Pastor, Dr. Kevin Schumann; 651-465-7171 Sun. Morn. - Sun. School for all ages - 9 a.m. Morn. Worship - 10:15 a.m.; Nursery provided.

FIRST BAPTIST - WEBSTER Church Phone 715-866-4111 Pastor Tim Quinn Sun. School 9:30 a.m.; Worship - 10:45 a.m (Nursery Provided)

GRACE CHURCH OF OSCEOLA “The Cure for the Common Church”

722 Seminole Ave., Osceola Pastor Dr. Kent Haralson; 715-294-4222 or 715-755-3454; Sun.: Praise & Worship Serv. 9 am., Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m., Children’s Sun. School 10:45 a.m.




Minister Garret Derouin, 715-866-7157 Musky & Birch St., Avail. in office 9 a.m. - noon, Tues.-Fri.; Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. WESLEYAN



Dairyland - Rev. Andrea Wittwer 715-244-3649 Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.




Pastor Dan Slaikeu 4 mi. SE of Grantsburg on Williams Rd. Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.


231 Bluff Drive, 715-247-2435 Services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m.




1751 100th Ave., Dresser Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Evening Services Sun. 6 p.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. Call Pastor Darryl Olson at 715-755-3133 for information and directions




523 1st St., Clayton, 715-948-2493 Fr. Christopher Wojcik, Pastor Saturday Vespers - 5 p.m.; Sunday Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN Meeting at Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Old Towne Rd., Chisago City, MN, Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. NAZARENE



510 S. Vincent, St. Croix Falls Pastor Tom Reaume, 715-483-3696 Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship 10:45 a.m. & Wed. 6:30 p.m.


7535 Peet St., Danbury, 715-656-4010 Adult Bible Service 9 a.m.; Services: Sun. 10 a.m.; Sunday School during church service.




2390 CTH A, 1/8 mi. east of A&H intersection Pastor Tryg Wistad, 715-635-9222 Sunday Worship: 10 a.m.


Interim Pastor Craig Jorgenson Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Children’s Church: K to 6th Grade


Meets at Dresser Elem. School, Dresser Pastor Tony Minell, 715-417-1982 Sunday Wor. 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Schl. 9:45 a.m.

NEW WINE CHURCH - CENTURIA 309 5th Street, , 715-338-2751 Pastor Scott Petznick Sunday Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday School 9 a.m.


715-733-0481 or 715-733-0480 for time of meeting.




1289 160th St. (Hwy. 65), St. Croix Falls, 715-483-5378 Senior Pastors Paul and Sonja Hanson Sunday Adult Bible Class 9 a.m. Worship and Children’s Sunday Schl. 10 a.m.

ST. PETER’S COMMUNITY CHURCH “Faith on Purpose” (Love God, Love People...period) CTH F, Dresser, 715-483-2911 Pastor’s res./office Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

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Brand NEW! Sofa & Love Seat $540, Full/Queen Bedroom Set $399. Delivery available. Call Janet at 715456-2907 (Eau Claire) (CNOW) ALL NEW! Quality Mattresses— Twin sets $79, Full sets $145, Queen sets $165, King sets $225. Furniture too! Call Janet at (715) 456-2907 Eau Claire. (CNOW)


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Students of the Week GRANTSBURG


Trent Zenzen has been chosen Frederic Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in third grade and the son of Holly Moats and Joe Zenzen. Trent plays hockey for the Burnett Blizzards. He loves traveling and playing hockey all winter. Trent is a good student in school. His favorite subject is math. He works hard in school and is looked up to by his classmates.

Cameron Zappa has been chosen Frederic Middle School’s student of the week. He is in sixth grade and the son of David and Candy Zappa. Cameron is involved in band, baseball and football. He is helpful, participates in class and has a good sense of humor. He plans to attend college. His greatest influence in his life is his uncle Carl.

Emily Wells has been chosen Frederic High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Joel and Kalen Wells. Emily is involved in volleyball, track, bell choir, and works at the Frederic Grocery store and Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. She is a hard worker, responsible, very conscientious and dedicated to her work. Her greatest influences in her life are her parents, sister, friend Becca and Tray and Kate Berry.

Amber Wedin has been chosen Grantsburg Elementary School’s student of the week. She is in first grade and the daughter of Vance and Becky Wedin. Amber approaches learning with joy. She is accepting of others and willing to work with anyone who asks. She is kind, respectful and responsible. You can’t help but be excited about teaching when you have a student like Amber in class. Amber lives with her mom, dad, twin sister and brother.


Nancy Olave has been chosen Luck Elementary School’s student of the week. Nancy always has her work done and is very helpful in the classroom. She has a great sense of humor. Nancy is very conscientious about doing the best she can in class. She is very organized. She enjoys being around her family and friends. She likes to read and ride horses.

Brent Braunschweig has been chosen Grantsburg High School’s student of the week. He is a freshman and the son of Beth Bistrom. Brent always displays enthusiasm when working on projects and assignments. He knows when to dig down and work hard toward gaining something. He helps out with the drama department and at the Baptist church. He enjoys music, listening to music and cooking. The greatest influence in his life is his best friend Dez.


Julia Campion has been chosen Luck Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Bruce and Jessica Campion. Julia is a polite student who always has a smile on her face. She is always willing to help out when needed. She is involved in archery. She enjoys reading, writing, taking care of her dogs, fishing, ice-skating and sleeping.

Haley Dikkers has been chosen Luck High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Martin and Kathryn Dikkers. Haley is on the honor roll, honors choir, state solo ensemble and state art competion. She is involved in band, choir, youth group, art club, Spanish club, drama club and works at the Oak Forest Center. She enjoys playing and writing music, singing and drawing. Her greatest influence is her dad.

Coltyn Doolittle has been chosen St. Croix Falls Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade. He lives at home with his mom and stepdad and an older brother. At home he likes to play video games. He loves when his mother makes hot dish. At school Coltyn loves to read. When he grows up he wants to be an engineer who designs cars. Coltyn has read almost every book on cars in the school library.

Madison Eighmy has been chosen St. Croix Falls Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Mary Beth and Mike Eighmy. Her sisters are Megan and Mykala. She is involved in basketball. She enjoys hanging out with friends and reading. Her favorite subject is language arts. Madison is an extremely hard worker and a great student to have in class. She is a great leader.

Jordan Johnson has been chosen St. Croix Falls High School’s student of the week. She is a junior and the daughter of Tom and Kim Johnson. She has a younger brother, Jake. Jordan likes to read, hang out with friends, wakeboard and show cows at the fair for FFA. She is in cross country, basketball, softball, FFA, NHS and tutoring.



Delaney Summer has been chosen Siren Elementary School’s student of the week.She is in early childhood/kindergarten. Laney always comes to school with a smile on her face ready to play and learn with her friends. She loves music and movement, stories and activities that include using the SMART Board or other interactive devices. She also loves to go outside. Whenever anyone is having a bad day, Laney is the one who can make them smile; she is a delightful child to have in class.

Brielonna Cook has been chosen Grantsburg Middle School’s student of the week. She is in eighth grade and the daughter of Shane and Emily Cook. Brie has a wonderful positive attitude that brightens the classroom. She is also a great leader. If she sees someone struggling she will drop what she is doing and help her peer out. Brie’s favorite class is math. She is involved in school choir and in her church.

Autumn Tinman has been chosen Siren Middle School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of John and Jill Tinman. Autumn does great art projects. She really takes her time to make sure everything is just the way she wants it and she is very creative in her approach to her art projects.

Paige Kelley has been chosen Siren High School’s student of the week. She is the daughter of Lori Kelley. Paige is a kind student who consistently does her work and does it well. She admires people that don’t give up. In the future, she would like to attend college and have a successful career.

Tanner Peterson has been chosen Webster Elementary School’s student of the week. He is the son of Craig and Tracie Peterson. Tanner is a friendly boy who always tries his best. He works hard and loves to share what he learns. His classmates enjoy his friendship. He is a great boy to have in class.

Jacob Smith has been chosen Webster Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Gary and Pam Smith. Jake is a quiet, well-behaved, maturing young man. He participates well in class and he is working hard at keeping his grades up. He is involved in hockey and football. He enjoys four-wheeling and watching TV.

Cortland Summer has been chosen Webster High School’s student of the week. He is a junior and the son of William and Sherill Summer. Cortland has a unique and witty sense of humor. He works hard, is very polite and has a desire to learn new things. He is involved in the school play, SIGN, cross country and track. He enjoys playing paintball, studying about the military and running.


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Nick Frokjer has been chosen Unity Elementary School’s student of the week. He is in fourth grade and the son of Tracy and Ronald Frokjer. Nick is a very hard worker and puts forth a great amount of effort in his classes. He is kind, respectful and helpful to his teachers and peers. His positive behavior is an example to his classmates and other students.

Eli Vos Benkowski has been chosen Unity Middle School’s student of the week. He is in eighth grade and the son of Jennifer and Paul Vos Benkowski. Eli has a positive attitude and works very hard in his classes. He is respectful to his teachers and his classmates. He takes pride in his schoolwork and is a pleasure to have in class.

Ella Luepke has been chosen Unity High School’s student of the week. She is a sophomore and the daughter of Barbara and Wayne Luepke. Her favorite class is gym. Teachers say she adds to class dicussions as a result of her ability to speak openly and honestly. Ella enjoys skiing and hanging out with friends. She is involved in softball and cross country. After high school she plans to attend college. She resides in Centuria.


Coming events

Happenings in the Upper St. Croix Valley communities


St. Croix Falls

• Making mittens from recycled sweaters class at the library, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Webb Lake

• SCF royalty is the January recipient of the RiverBuck program donations at Central Bank. Stop by Central Bank for refreshments.

• Men’s club-sponsored ice-fishing contest on Lower Webb Lake at Oak Ridge Inn, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 715-2597927.




St. Croix Falls

• Adult grief support group meeting at Holy Trinity Church, 6:30 p.m., 715-485-3363.

• Benefit for “Punkie” Puffer at St. Croix Tavern, noon, 715-483-5825.



• Friends of the Library annual meeting, 6:30 p.m., 715327-4979.

Clear Lake

• Compassionate Friends, Tri-County Chapter, grief support in death of a child, at First Lutheran, 7 p.m., 715263-2739.


• Parkinson’s support group meeting at the medical center, 2 p.m., 715-689-2163.




• Cardiac support group at the medical center, 1 p.m., 715-268-0291.


• Film “Casablanca” to be shown at the museum, free, 7 p.m. • Ruby’s Pantry at 24534 Hwy. 35/70. Open 1:30 p.m. Distribution 2 p.m., $15 donation.

Clam Falls

• Coffee hour at the Clam Falls Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.


St. Croix Falls

• Scholarship fundraiser chili cook-off at the high school, 5-7:30 p.m., 715-483-9469.

Balsam Lake

• Chili feed fundraiser in the high school cafeteria, 5-7 p.m.


• Booster club soup & sandwich supper fundraiser in the cafeteria, 4:30-6:30 p.m.


• Movie night at the library, 7 p.m., 715-825-2313.


Measurable snowfall arrived this past week in what has been a virtually snowless winter into late January, with above-normal temperatures. - Special photo


• Destination Wedding Fair at Lakeview Event Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-349-8399,

• Using Cover Crops to Improve Soils and Farm Profitability seminar at the Ag Research Station, 10:30 a.m., 715-635-3506 or 800-528-1914.



• Bloodmobile at the community center, 1-7 p.m., 651257-4165.

• Candlelight ski & snowshoe starting at Soo Line Park, 6 p.m. • “Celebrating the Haggis!” at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., 715-268-6811.

• Polk County Alzheimer’s support group at social services building, 715-483-3133.



• Suzy Q’s ice-fishing contest, 715-648-5223.


• Lions ice-fishing contest on Burlingame Lake, 10 a.m.3 p.m. For more info, call Klaus, 715-244-3403.


• Winter Fun Day: Ice-fishing contest, Coon Lake, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-529-0913; junior class sale at elementary school, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 715-653-2620. • Youth soccer registration meeting at the elementary school, 9 a.m.-noon, 715-222-9687,


• Wilkins fishing tourney, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 715-857-5555.


• Dinner, auction & raffle fundraiser for the Calabria family at the community center, 4-9 p.m., 715-472-2273.


• Potluck at the senior center, noon, 715-866-5300.

SUNDAY/29 Amery

• St. Joseph Church’s ice-fishing contest, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., raffle 3 p.m., on North Twin Lake, dinner at church, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


• The Splatter Sisters perform at Celebration of Life event at The Gathering Room, 3:30 p.m., 715-755-2229 or

THURS. & FRI./2 & 3 Grantsburg

• AARP tax help at the library. Call for appointment, 715463-2244.

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FRI. - SUN./3 - 5


• Winterfest: Sat. booya & ice drags; helicopter rides; kids games; ice-fishing contest; more. Sun. Polk County Sportsmen’s Club co-ed softball on the ice, 715-790-8939,

Balsam Lake Siren

• Public info meeting on restoring pollution-impaired waters of St. Croix River at the government center, Room 165, 10 a.m. DNR available 9:30 a.m.

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• Lake Magnor Store scoring event, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 715948-2935.


• Ruby’s Pantry at the town maintenance shop, $15 donation. Open 9:30 a.m., distribution 10-11:30 a.m.



• Feed My Sheep at Grace Church in Grantsburg. Doors open 8 a.m., distribution 9 a.m., 715-463-5699. • Candlelight Night on the trail at Crex Meadows, walk, ski or snowshoe, 6-8 p.m., 715-463-2739.


• Lewis Jam - Bluegrass, gospel & country music at Lewis United Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m.

• Early-stage Alzheimer’s support group at the senior center, 10 a.m., 715-268-6605. • Blood pressure screening at Bremer Bank, 9 a.m.1 p.m. • Technology assistance at the library, 1-6 p.m., 715-4632244.


AA &/or AlAnon, Polk & Burnett counties, 715-931-8262 for time/location. Amery, 715-268-8431.

Indianhead Barbershop Chorus meets at the Balsam Lake Government Center, 7:30 p.m., 715-483-9202. Baby and Me class - Amery Medical Center, 1-2 p.m. Grief Share support group at Centennial Hall, Amery, 715-268-2176 or 715-268-8360. Moms In Touch International, First Baptist, Amery, 2 - 3 p.m., 715-268-5408,





• Scholarship fundraiser lasagna supper & raffle at the school, 5-7:30 p.m.

• AARP tax help at the library. Call for appointment. 1-4 p.m., 715-327-4979.

• Lions Club ice-fishing contest on Lake Wapogasset, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.



Divorce care support group at Apple River Community Church, 715-268-8360, 715-268-2176.


• Food and Friends community dinner will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 5-6 p.m.


• AARP tax help at the library. Call for appointment, 715463-2244.


St. Croix Falls

• Alzheimer’s support group at the medical center, 1-3 p.m., 715-483-0431.

THURS. & FRI./9 & 10

Lewis Siren

• Gun show at Lakeview Event Center, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 715-653-2271, 715-327-8951.

Every Monday

Every Tuesday

Bingo - Burnett County Moose Lodge, Siren, 6 p.m. Survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault support group, Polk Co., 800-261-7233, 6-7:30 p.m. Anger management group at Amery Regional Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 715-268-4094.

Every Wednesday

Women of Hope, cancer support group, at SCRMC, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., 715-483-0431.

Every Thursday

Breastfeeding support group at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center, 2-3:30 p.m., 715-483-0431. Narcotics Anonymous meets at the Serenity House (old jail), Balsam Lake, 7 p.m., 612-205-2321.

Every Saturday

AA meets at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, rural Luck, 9 - 10 a.m. Open skate at The Lodge Center Arena, Visit the Web site: for special times.

Every Sunday

Open skate at Grantsburg Hockey Rink, 4-7 p.m.

Stunning sunset A sunset Friday evening, Jan. 20, illuminated the Polk County horizon in an extraordinary way. - Photo by Melissa Ward

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